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Belgian socialism at the liberation 1944-1950

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  • Steven Philip Kramer

Abstract

The period 1944-1950 witnessed the successful reconstruction of the Belgian Socialist Party. Despite some modifications of structure and leadership personnel, the party retained many of its pre-war characteristics.  There was no significant modernization of doctrine. In particular, its role as a party of government was accentuated. The PSB played a
major role in increasing social welfare programs and restoring the Belgian economy, but made few structural reforms. Despite opposition to a division of the world into blocs, it was eventually forced into the American camp. The PSB's main political accomplishment was preventing the return to the throne of Leopold. By the end of this period, the PSB had largely become a party of the status quo.

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Kramer, S., (1978) “Belgian socialism at the liberation 1944-1950”, Res Publica 20(1), p.115-139. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v20i1.20483

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30 Mar 1978
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