Radical Socialism, or Radicalism, is a political ideology featuring a toned down version of syndicalism, with more democratic structures and safeguards. The term Radical Socialism is sometimes used to refer to countries with a socialist structure or government, even if they lack a true syndicalist structure, or cede only nominal power to trade unions.


Radicalism differs from standard syndicalist dogma by allowing greater checks-and-balances within the government. For example, among the trade unions, there are more frequent and contested elections, with members regularly challenging incumbents, and resultant turnover in officers and representative, with open and free debate and discussion of issues and candidates. Moreover open publications are encouraged, with newspapers and pamphlets publishing all members' views, including those critical of officials, representatives, or union policy.