Socialist Party (Argentina)

Socialist Party
Partido Socialista
Leader Antonio Bonfatti[1]
Founded 28 June 1896
Headquarters Buenos Aires, Argentina
Membership  (2012) 124,934 (4th)[2]
Ideology Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Progresistas
International affiliation Progressive Alliance,
Socialist International
Colors Red
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
4 / 257
Seats in the Senate
0 / 72
Province Governors
1 / 24

The Socialist Party (Spanish: Partido Socialista, PS) is a social-democratic political party in Argentina.[3][4]

Founded in 1896, it is one of the oldest still-active parties in Argentina, alongside the Radical Civic Union. It counts with a small representation in the National Congress, and is in opposition to the current government led by President Mauricio Macri.


Early history

The history of socialism in Argentina began in the 1890s, when a group of people, notably Juan B. Justo, expressed the need for a greater social focus. The PS itself was founded in 1896, led by Justo and Nicolás Repetto, thus becoming the first mass party in the country. The party affiliated itself with the Second International.[5] Between 1924 and 1940 it was a member of the Labour and Socialist International.[6]

Through its life, the party suffered from various splits: the International Socialist Party, (which became the Communist Party of Argentina) and the Independent Socialist Party were the most notable. The most important of those was in the 1960s, when the party divided itself in half, giving birth to the more radical Argentine Socialist Party (Partido Socialista Argentino, PSA), and the more moderate Democratic Socialist Party (Partido Socialista Democrático, PSD). In 1966, two factions departed the PSA: Vanguardia Comunista and Partido Socialista de Vanguardia. In 1972, the remaining of the PSA together with other leftist groups formed the Popular Socialist Party (Partido Socialista Popular, PSP). The PSP and PSD were rejoined in 2002, forming the Socialist Party.

Badge of the original Socialist Party, still used today.

Among the socialist leaders of Argentina, the most remarkable are Alfredo Palacios, who was the first socialist parliamentarian in the Americas (1904) and a Senator in the 1960s; Juan B. Justo, doctor, philosopher, writer and leader of the party until his death in 1928; Alicia Moreau de Justo, (1895–1986), Justo's wife, who was for years the editor of the Socialist newspaper La Vanguardia; Guillermo Estévez Boero, founder of the Popular Socialist Party; and Alfredo Bravo, a teacher, unionist, human rights militant and respected legislator in the last two decades of the 20th century (died 2003).

The Socialist Party of Argentina maintains an electoral stronghold in the province of Santa Fe, and particularly in Rosario, where mayors have been socialists since 1989. Former two-term mayor Hermes Binner slowly became acknowledged as a reference character for the party. In the 2005 parliamentary elections a Socialist-Radical alliance led by Binner won 5 seats in the national Lower House, and in the elections of 2007 Binner, leading a broad, centre-leftist political coalition (the Progressive, Civic and Social Front), became the first Socialist to be elected governor of an Argentine province.[7]

Present day

In the 2011 General Elections, Binner was the Socialist candidate and achieved 2nd place with 16.8% of votes.[8] Despite this number being well below the 54.1% achieved by Peronist leader Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the Socialist Party considered the results of the election as significant and a sign of renewed interest by a sector of the population.[9] In May 2012, Binner became the Socialist Party's president.[10]

For the 2015 general election, the PS entered in coalition with other centre-left and left-wing parties to form the Progresistas (Progressives) front, which endorsed Margarita Stolbizer for the presidency. Stolbizer landed 4th in the election with just over 2.5% of the vote, failing to pass the threshold for the run-off. During the same elections, Socialist Miguel Lifschitz was elected Governor of Santa Fe, succeeding Antonio Bonfatti (also of the PS).

In April 2016, Bonfatti was chosen to succeed Binner as national president of the party.[1]

Electoral performance


Election year Candidate Coalition 1st round
# of overall votes % of overall vote
1916 Juan B. Justo   N/A 52.215 (4th) 7.25 (lost)
1922 Nicolás Repetto   54.813 (4th) 6.61 (lost)
1928 Mario Bravo   65.660 (3rd) 4.83% (lost)
1931 Lisandro de la Torre   Civil Alliance 436.125 (2nd) 31.04% (lost)
1937 Nicolás Repetto   N/A 50.917 (3rd) 2.59% (lost)
1946 José Tamborini   Democratic Union 1.207.080 (2nd) 42.87% (lost)
1951 Alfredo Palacios   N/A 54,920 (5th) 0.7% (lost)
Party split (1958–2002)
2003 Alfredo Bravo   N/A 217,385 (8th) 1.12 (lost)
2007 Elisa Carrió   Civic Coalition 4,401,981 (2nd) 23.04% (lost)
2011 Hermes Binner   FAP 3,684,970 (2nd) 16.8% (lost)
2015 Margarita Stolbizer   Progresistas 632,551 (4th) 2.51 (lost)


  1. 1 2 "Antonio Bonfatti será el nuevo presidente del Partido Socialista a nivel nacional". télam (in Spanish). 20 April 2016.
  2. Estadística de Afiliados, Primer Semestre 2012, Registro Nacional de Afiliados a los Partidos Políticos, Cámara Nacional Electoral.
  3. Official web site.
  4. Political parties of Argentina (in Spanish) - A list of Argentina's registered political parties, at the Ministry of Interior's website.
  5. Rubio, José Luis. Las internacionales obreras en América. Madrid: 1971. p. 49
  6. Kowalski, Werner. Geschichte der sozialistischen arbeiter-internationale: 1923 - 19. Berlin: Dt. Verl. d. Wissenschaften, 1985. p. 286
  7. La Capital, 3 September 2007. Un socialista en el sillón de la Casa Gris.
  8. Argentine general election, 2011
  10. Binner asumió la presidencia del Partido Socialista, Página/12, 2012-05-09

Further reading

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