The Institutional Development, from the International Socialist Conference to Comisco (1946–48)

  • Ettore Costa
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


The chapter discusses the process of rebuilding the institutions of socialist internationalism. There was initial disagreement over whether the Socialist International would serve to negotiate a modus vivendi with the Soviet Union and the communists or to create a tight community sharing principles and strategy. The French, Belgian and Austrian parties demanded a swift rebirth of the Socialist International, but they met the opposition of left-wing socialists from Eastern Europe and Italy and social democrats from Britain and Scandinavia. As a compromise, in 1946 the socialist parties created the International Socialist Conference and the Socialist Information and Liaison Office (SILO), at first weak and informal organisations to keep contacts and convene conferences. The incoming Cold War and anti-communism promoted greater institutional development and more stringent criteria for admission. In 1948, Comisco assumed more responsibilities for coordinating policies and anti-communist propaganda. However, the provisional Socialist International still had organisational limitations, above all limited finances.


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