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Left parties and trade unions in France

Parsons, Nick 2015. Left parties and trade unions in France. French Politics 13 , pp. 63-83. 10.1057/fp.2014.25

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Historically, the supposed independence of unions from parties in France has been a myth, with the development of close relations between the CGT and the PCF, on the one hand, and looser ones between the CFDT in particular and the PS, on the other. These links weakened from the 1980s on, but appeared to be re-established, with some changes, when unions backed François Hollande in the 2012 presidential elections. The decline of the PCF and the rallying of unions behind Hollande appeared to signal the possibility of a social democratic bloc in France. However, in reality, this is a temporary and unstable phenomenon as few mutual benefits can be assured by either unions or the Socialist Party through the creation of more stable union–party links. The explanations for this are structural, ideational and contingent.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC France
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: unions; Socialist Party; French Communist Party; elections; cost–benefit exchange
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)
ISSN: 1476-3419
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 15 November 2014
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 17:48

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