French Politics Today

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Manchester University Press, 2002 - Political Science - 260 pages
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This review of the state of French politics at the beginning of the 21st century explains and sets in context all aspects of French politics, taking into account recent developments as well as the background and structure of the French political system. It focuses on the structure of power in France, looking at the Fifth Republic as a system of majority politics organised for and against the presidency. It also examines the competition and coalition-building between parties for the presidency and the effect of this on political life in France and looks at what has sustained the power of the French Presidency - which has failed to maintain its dominant position.
 

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Contents

French political culture
3
The social and economic context
17
The party system
40
The plural left
58
The divided right
79
Local power
100
Interest groups
121
The Republican state
145
The President
164
The Prime Minister
182
The Parliament
206
Foreign policy
222
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David S. Bell is Head of Social Sciences and Law and Professor of French Government at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds.