Organisation and Modernisation: The Socialists
Mitterrand’s public decision to seek the PS’s nomination as the party’s candidate in the 1981 presidential elections ended all internal party criticism, and directed party attention and effort to the presidential and the legislative election campaign. The reassertion of unquestioning allegiance to Mitterrand was maintained and amplified by his success in the elections but, as we shall see in the present chapter, the relationship between the new President and his party became qualitatively different. Let us now examine the manner in which changes in the relationship informed French Socialism after the PS took power in 1981.
KeywordsPresidential Election Social Transformation Social Progress Socialist Discourse Socialist Government
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