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The French party system

Edited by Jocelyn Evans

The French party system

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6120-2
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: July 2003
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Political parties, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, Political parties, Politics

Description

This book provides a complete overview of the of 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. These are 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.

Editor

Jocelyn Evans is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Salford

Contents

Introduction
1. Stress, strain and stability in the French party system - Alistair Cole
SECTION I - THE LEFT
2. The French Communist Party: from revolution to reform - David Bell
3. PS intra-party politics and party system change - Ben Clift
4. The Greens: from idealism to pragmatism (1984-2002) - Bruno Villalba and Sylvie Vieillard-Coffre
5. Managing the plural left: implications for the party system - David Hanley
6. Beyond the mainstream: la gauche de gauche - Jim Wolfreys
SECTION II - THE RIGHT
7. The UDF in the 1990s: the break-up of a party confederation - Nicolas Sauger
8. From the Gaullist movement to the President's party - Andrew Knapp
9. The Front National split: party system change and electoral prospects - Gilles Ivaldi
SECTION III - SYSTEMIC CONTEXT
10. Europe and the French party system - Jocelyn Evans
11. Contemporary developments in political space in France - Robert Andersen and Jocelyn Evans
Conclusion

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