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Intellectuals and the French Communist PartyDisillusion and Decline$
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Sudhir Hazareesingh

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198278702

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278702.001.0001

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Introduction: The Withering Away of Communist Intellectuals

Introduction: The Withering Away of Communist Intellectuals

(p.1) Introduction: The Withering Away of Communist Intellectuals
Intellectuals and the French Communist Party

Sudhir Hazareesingh

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the origins of the growing political marginalization of the French Communist Party (PCF), particularly the decline in intellectual affiliation to the party. The decline of the long tradition of French intellectual identification with the PCF started in the 1980s. In the twenty-fifth Congress in February 1985, a final resolution was passed that omitted the traditional reference to the party's alliance with French intellectuals. The decline in the party's ability to attract the support of intellectuals is attributed to the serious electoral decline suffered by the party between 1978 and 1989.

Keywords:   French Communist Party, French intellectual, political marginalization, political parties, electoral decline

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