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Choice and Democratic Order : The French Socialist Party, 1937-1950 - B. D. Graham

Choice and Democratic Order

The French Socialist Party, 1937-1950

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Published: 24th June 1994
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Choice and Democratic Order applies theories of group conflicts within political parties in a discussion of the internal politics of the French Socialist Party (SFIO) from the late 1930s to the 1940s. Having analysed the formal and informal structure of the party in 1937, Professor Graham gives a detailed account of the clash which took place between the leadership and two dissenting groups, the Gauche Revolutionnaire and the Bataille Socialiste, prior to the Royan congress of June 1938. This conflict is compared with that which occurred in the post-war party during 1946, when Guy Mollet led a successful revolt against the party leaders and became General Secretary of the organisation after the 38th National Congress. Mollet began with the intention of preserving the existing alliance with the Communists, but as the latter moved into opposition he accepted the necessity of the centre alliance, the so-called 'Third Force' in French politics.

'... a monument to scrupulous scholarship and authoritative judgement ...'. International Affairs

The internal politics of political parties
The French Socialist Party in 1937
The internal crisis of early 1938: the preliminary phases, January to mid-March
The Royan Congress of June 1938 and the defeat of the Gauche Revolutionnaire
The years 1938-1945: collapse and reconstruction of the SFIO
The succession crisis of 1946
Epilogue: The Socialists and the advent of the Third Force
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521414029
ISBN-10: 0521414024
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 24th June 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.77