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A valuable addition to the Politics, Culture and Society in the New Europe series, this fascinating book seeks to explain and explore the fortunes of the French Socialist party. The party is employed as a test case to examine the veracity of the 'crisis of social democracy' literature and its predictions for the future direction and fortunes of social democratic parties. Ben Clift extends his analysis in an attempt to define the wider relationship between social democracy and globalization. Topics covered in this seminal account include the ideological redefinition in the French parti socialiste, as well as the changing political economy of French socialism. After an in-depth party profile of the Jospin government, Clift concludes by investigating the political economy of the French Socialist electoral strategy.