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The French party system


Evans, Jocelyn A. J. (ed.)

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Abstract This book provides a complete overview of political parties in France. The social and ideological profiles of all the major parties are analysed chapter by chapter, highlighting their principal functions and dynamics within the system. This examination is complemented by analyses of bloc and system features, including the pluralist left, Europe, and the ideological space in which the parties operate. In particular, the book addresses the impressive capacity of French parties and their leaders to adapt themselves to the changing concerns of their electorates and to a shifting institutional context. Contrary to the apparently fragmentary system and increasingly hostile clashes between political personalities, the continuities in the French political system seem destined to persist. Drawing on the expertise of its French and British contributors, 'The French party system' forms a benchmark study of the state of party politics in France. It will be an essential text for all students of French politics and parties, and for students of European politics more generally. Table of Contents: Stress, strain and stability in the French party system / Alistair Cole The French Communist Party: from revolution to reform / David S. Bell PS intra-party politics and party system change / Ben Clift The Greens: from idealism to pragmatism (1984-2002) Bruno Villalba and Sylvie Vieillard-Coffre Managing the plural left: implications for the party system / David Hanley Beyond the mainstream: la gauche de la gauche / Jim Wolfreys The UDF in the990s: the break-up of a party confederation / Nicolas Sauger From the Gaullist movement to the president’s party / Andrew Knapp The FN split: party system change and electoral prospects / Gilles Ivaldi Europe and the French party system / Jocelyn A. J. Evans Contemporary developments in political space in France / Robert Andersen and Jocelyn A. J. Evans
Keywords France; party system; party; political program; political left; political right; political ideology; European Policy
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2003
Publisher Manchester Univ. Press
City Manchester
Page/Pages 233 p.
ISBN 0-7190-6119-9
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works