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Mendès France and the Radical Party

The « mendesist » period is one of the highlights in the history of the Radical party during the fourth Republic. Thirty-five years of faithful militant action made Mendès France one of the prominent figures in the Radical party. And yet, from the enthusiasm of 1954 to the resentment and bitterness of 1958, the mendesist era of the French radicalism appears as a succession of disappointments, failures and breaking-ups. The lacks in the policy of renovation undertaken by Mendès France, the hostility of the socio-political environment, the contradiction between the reform projects and the heavy party structure, the very difficulty of really modernizing a torn-up nation, help to define the irreconciliable differences which make it impossible to identify mendesism and radicalism.


Référence électonique : Jean-Thomas NORDMANN, "Mendès France and the Radical Party", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°27, 27 - Le mendésisme, p.59-68 . Consulté le 2023-04-02 01:30:07 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Mendes-France-and-the-Radical.html