The Government and Politics of France
The Government and Politics of France has been the leading textbook on French politics for over a generation, and continues to provide students with a comprehensive and incisive introduction to the intricacies of French politics and government. This edition updates every chapter, with the addition of a new chapter on France and Europe. Recent events necessitate a new edition, particularly the 2002 elections and the growing interpenetration of France and the EU in student programmes, as well as in the real world.
Whether covering the shifting balance within France's two-headed executive, the paradoxes of the French party politics, the power and fragmentation of France's administration, the growing assertiveness of French local government, or the newly visible world of the judiciary, The Government and Politics of France has always sought to confront established paradigms with the complex and untidy reality of French politics at the grass roots.
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2 From Fourth to Fifth Republic
The personal factor
4 The sources of executive power
The variable diarchy
Decline and resurgence?
The dilemma of government
Domination and division
Etat de droit
14 France and European integration
Main events from the Revolution to the collapse of the Fourth Republic
Main events from the foundation of the Fifth Republic until 2005
penetration of each social group by candidate
penetration of each social group by Left and Right
Appendix 5 Voting behaviour in two referendums on Europe 20 September 1992 and 29 May 2005
Continuity and change
Foundations myth and changing reality
11 The state and the pressure groups
The postJacobin state
Appendix 6 Abbreviations for French parties
Appendix 7 Other abbreviations
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administration alliance Balladur budget candidates cent Chirac civil servants coalition cohabitation Communists competition Conseil d’État Constitutional Council Council of Ministers Debré decentralisation defence départements Deputies dirigisme economic electoral elite Élysée Europe Europe’s European constitutional treaty European elections Eurosceptical example favour Fifth Republic finance firms former Fourth Republic France France’s François Mitterrand Front National Gaulle Gaulle’s Gaullist party Gaullists Giscard government’s groups industrial institutions Jacobin Jacques Chirac Jospin Juppé Laurent Fabius leaders leadership Left left-wing Left’s legislation less Maastricht Maastricht Treaty mainstream Matignon mayors Ministry Mitterrand moderate Right National Assembly Nationale non-Gaullist notably officials organisation Paris parliament parliamentary elections parliamentary majority party party’s policy-making politicians polls Pompidou prefects president presidential election prime minister privatisation Raffarin referendum reform régime regional right-wing Rocard role second ballot sector Senate social Socialists tion tradition trente glorieuses Union vote voters