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The PSOE after the 2011 general election
in European social democracy during the global economic crisis
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When the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) comfortably won the March 2008 general election, gaining a vote higher than the previous historic peak obtained when the party entered office in 2004, there was ample reason for satisfaction. At the November 2011 general election, the PSOE obtained under seven million votes and almost four million behind the victorious Popular Party. This chapter considers the situation in which the Socialist government found itself after its re-election in 2008 with respect to its main achievements and challenges. It covers the government's reaction to the economic crisis during its second term in office 2008-2011, most particularly after the onset of the Greek sovereign debt crisis in May 2010. The chapter also considers the party's record in opposition since its crushing defeat at the 2011 general election. It provides an appraisal of the PSOE's performance, together with an attempt to identify its chief failings.



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