The PSD assumes the specificities that characterize it as a party with a predominantly Portuguese root, as well as what distinguishes it from European socialist or social democratic parties of socialist inspiration. Such specificities and differences are rooted in the fact that it is:
A personalist party, for which the beginning and the end of politics resides in the human person;
A party with a strong national inclination;
A party with clear values and principles, permeable to creativity and imagination, open to innovation and change;
A party that, being a social democrat, values political liberalism and the free initiative that characterizes an open market economy;
A party that is dialoguing, open to plurality of opinions, and to civil society, defender of moderation and peaceful coexistence between men of different creeds and races, heir to the Portuguese universalist tradition that is structurally averse to any type of xenophobia;
A party committed to European construction, defender of national identity and national values that gave shape to the Portuguese Nation, heir to an Atlantic sense and a deep alliance with Portuguese-speaking peoples;
A party that, betting on effectiveness, values humanism, as well as the great principles of justice, freedom and solidarity;
A non-denominational party, but respectful of the axiological and religious principles of the Portuguese people, identified with Christian humanism;
An interclassist party, dedicated to representing the different categories of the Portuguese population, and committed to the defense of cooperation between social classes as the most appropriate way to obtain the common good and collective progress;
A party that bets on the recognition of merit and the capacity for personal and social affirmation, which are increasingly necessary in a society where the space for the realization of individual capacities grows, and where it is important to distinguish the personal talents that contribute to the common good and to the country’s progress.
The PSD, throughout its history, has adopted operating rules enshrined in the Statutes and Regulations, texts that integrate a set of rules, norms and precepts to be followed by all, leaders and activists.