François Mitterrand, the Left and Political Mobilization in France

  • Anthony Daley


A tremendous popular euphoria accompanied François Mitterrand’s election as French president in 1981. After 23 years on the sidelines of national politics, the Left assumed power with a promise to break with capitalism, increase democratic control of the economy, deliver new rights to working people and create a more equitable society. Such a programme promised to alter more than public policy; it sought to forge a realignment of the French party system by sustaining a broad Centre-Left political force. Through new forms of political participation, it attempted to construct deeper relationships between citizen and state.


Political Party Collective Bargaining Party System Postwar Period European Monetary System 
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