Exceptional Socialists: The Case of the French Socialist Party

David S. Bell, Byron Criddle

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François Hollande's election to the French Presidency in 2012 was anticipated many years before he triumphed at the polls but the French Socialist Party from which the new President emerged remains much less well-known, an issue that this important and vivid study now addresses.

The exceptional nature of French social democracy is a staple theme of the political literature on France; this book explores in detail the main features of that exceptionalism through in-depth and compelling analyses of the factional intricacies, personal disputes and power structure of the party as well as deconstructing its ideology.

Furthermore, the text also examines how these features have manifested themselves externally by discussing the place of the Socialist Party in the French party system, the primary elections and the social basis of the party and its support. This engaging exploration of French government and party politics over the past 50 years draws on both the authors' close engagement with the French political system over many years and constitutes is important reading for students and scholars of French party politics, political history and government.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerg
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)978-0230282278
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2014


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