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Transnational Socialist Networks in the 1970s

European Community Development Aid and Southern Enlargement


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Christian Salm
    Pages 1-10
  3. Christian Salm
    Pages 43-93
  4. Christian Salm
    Pages 94-149
  5. Christian Salm
    Pages 168-174
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 175-256

About this book


Transnational Socialist Networks in the 1970s argues that western European socialist parties' transnational cooperation across national borders significantly influenced politics and policy-making in what was the European Communities (EC). It focuses on the network-like informal structures that characterised transnational cooperation between the party members and leaders of different socialist parties involved in European affairs. Taking the example of two case studies, namely EC development aid policy and EC southern enlargement policy, the book demonstrates that the socialist parties strengthened their informal transnational network structures for the purposes of debating ideological and programmatic issues and finding policy solutions to common challenges in both policy fields. Moreover, it shows that the networks developed various functions to influence European governance. Against this background, the analysis in this book makes not only a significant contribution to the study of transnational networks of western European socialist parties and the history of European integration, but also adds to the understanding of the role of transnational networks in European politics and policy-making.


socialism socialist parties transnational cooperation European Community development aid policy southern enlargement policy policy networks Europeanisation European integration transnational history desegregation Europe European Governance European Integration European Politic European Politics governance history Policy politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ruhr University BochumGermany

About the authors

Christian Salm was Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Social Movements at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. He is a policy analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service in Brussels, Belgium, since 2015.

Bibliographic information


“In this book of four chapters, an introduction and a conclusion, Christian Salm sets out to reconstruct how transnational socialist networks operated and influenced politics. … this is a worthwhile and informative addition to the literature on international socialist cooperation.” (David Redvaldsen, European History Quarterly, Vol. 47 (1), 2017)