Political Credibility

Part of the French Politics, Society and Culture Series book series (FPSC)


The argument that modern French communism is a child of the Resistance1 encapsulates the source of much of the credibility which enabled it to become such a formidable political force during the three decades following World War II, but it is also reminiscent of the fact that contingent factors influenced the fortunes of the party, sometimes for the worst, before the war, and that contingent factors militated against its success at the end of the twentieth century (as they militated against the success of that other child of the Resistance, the Gaullist party).


Communist Party Contingent Factor Draft Constitution Legislative Election Popular Sovereignty 
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© Gino G. Raymond 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BristolEngland

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