EUROSUD 2020-22 Cohort 2 student José Pedro shares his recent publication:

Lopes, José Pedro (2021) Listening to the wind of change: The implications of the 2019 general election for the Portuguese party systemInternational Journal of Iberian Studies, Volume 34, Number 1, 1 March 2021, pp. 47-64(18)


This article offers an overview of the Portuguese general election of October 2019 and of its impact in the ongoing evolution of the Portuguese party system. The election results are interpreted by looking at the socio-economic and political context in which it took place, as well as the protagonists, issues and party positions of the electoral campaign. Additionally, the process leading to the formation of the socialist minority government is also examined. It is argued that changing patterns have mostly been reverted and that the party system that comes out of this election is a more stable one. This was mainly due to institutional constraints that limit the potential of change. Nevertheless, the increasing role of the left-right cleavage, alongside the entrance of new parties in parliament might pave the way for future realignments of the Portuguese party system.