The Nicos Poulantzas Institute (NPI) is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1997 on the initiative of the political party “Synaspismos”. It is named after the Greek political sociologist Nicos Poulantzas. His work is integrally linked to the ideal of democratic socialism and the endeavor to overcome dogmatic rigidity, fight against any form of authoritative rule and contribute to a multi-faceted social liberation. Its formation aims at fostering the values of the Left, systematically developing an awareness of contemporary social, ecological, political and cultural issues and exploring the emerging changes within society. The Institute’s fundamental functional principles include the commitment to the ideals of socialism with democracy and freedom, independence from the expedience of any current political or party conjuncture, democratic functioning and the maintenance of the public character of all of its activities.