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Between Justice and PoliticsThe Ligue des Droits de l'Homme, 1898-1945$
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William D. Irvine

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753173

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753173.001.0001

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Politics, Yes, but Not Electoral Politics

Politics, Yes, but Not Electoral Politics

(p.53) Three Politics, Yes, but Not Electoral Politics
Between Justice and Politics
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Victor Basch, a spokesman for the Ligue des droits de l'homme (League of the Rights of Man), admitted that the League has always been involved in politics, but only in the form of public policy. League members also asserted that they did not engage in electoral politics or parliamentary politics. However, the League always participated in elections in France. In fact, partisan quarrels arising from the 1906 elections resulted in intense ideological tensions within the League. Some members blamed Article 17, which allowed local sections to support a candidate on the first ballot only if he were the only left-wing candidate in the race, as the root of the “crisis” experienced by the League in the latter half of the decade. Almost half of the governments in the interwar years were headed by men who were members, or used to be members, of the League. After World War I, the League's Central Committee formed a parliamentary group comprised of all League deputies and senators.

Keywords:   Ligue des droits de l'homme, League of the Rights of Man, politics, elections, France, electoral politics, parliamentary politics, Central Committee, deputies, senators

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