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French and Italian Communist Parties : Comrades and Culture - Cyrille Guiat

French and Italian Communist Parties

Comrades and Culture

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This volume is a systematic comparative study of the French and Italian Communist parties in the period from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. Focusing on the municipal level, it carefully exmaines the cultural policies implemented by the parties in two communist strongholds, Ivry-sur-Seine (France) and Reggio Emilia (Italy).
The author uses these two case studies to test empirically the hypothesis found almost universally in the comparative literature. That is, it is generally argued that the French Communist Party (PCF) remained an orthodox, sectarian Leninist party, which aimed at creating a Soviet style society in France, whereas the former Italian Communist Party (PCI) is depicted as a more moderate party, which rejected the Soviet-style model after World War II and embarked on a new strategy, veering towards reformism and social democracy.

The French and Italian Communist parties : a critical review of the literature -- Designing the study : a comparative framework based on two municipal case studies of the PCF and the PCI -- Cultural policy-making in French and Italian municipalities (c. 1960-c. 1980) -- The cultural policies of the French and Italian Communist parties : a comparative, strategic framework -- Ideology and clientelism in the cultural policy of the PCF in Ivry-sur-Seine (c. 1965-c. 1985) -- The cultural policy of the PCI in Reggio Emilia (c. 1960-c. 1980) : a pragmatic, societal approach to the provision of public amenities and services -- Revisiting the contrast between the PCF and PCI : the prevalence of international factors.

ISBN: 9780203484630
ISBN-10: 0203484630
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 31st August 2002