Type
Article
Titre
Managing Intra-Party Democracy: Comparing the French Socialist and British Labour Party Conferences
Auteur(s)
TREILLE Eric - Centre de Recherches sur l'Action Politique en Europe (Auteur)
FAUCHER Florence - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF) (Auteur)
Éditeur
GB : Palgrave Macmillan
Volume
1
Numéro
1
Pages
61 - 82 p.
ISSN
14763419
DOI
10.1057/palgrave.fp.8200017
Mots clés
labour party, parti socialiste, intra-party democracy, organizational change
Résumé
EN
The French Socialists and British Labour consider intra-party democracy as a central tenet of their philosophies. It is a core value that orientates their political attitudes and defines their identity. Traditionally, they have privileged a particular type of decision-making, based on the sovereignty of the party conference. However, at the beginning of the 1990s, these meetings projected a damaging image of division and chaos. Confronted with the intense scrutiny of their internal debates by the media, the two parties had to find a better balance between their culture and practices, and the need to promote an image of unity and efficiency. They introduced a number of reforms that, they claim, have expanded the possibilities for individual members to participate while at the same time giving the two leaderships a firmer grip on decision-making. Based on qualitative research conducted over many years, this paper explores the parties' new attitudes to internal democracy and analyses the process of power redistribution within the organizations.
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