French Voter: Before and After the 2002 Elections

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Why do French voters vote the way they do? In this book, leading international scholars examine this question from many different angles. Special attention is given to the 2002 national elections, when right-wing extremist Le Pen made such a spectacular showing in the presidential contest. Was the first-ballot success of Le Pen based on issues of law and order, ethnicity, nationalism or on the economy? What about the role of the traditional factors of social class, region, religion and left-right ideology? Do the...

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Overview

Why do French voters vote the way they do? In this book, leading international scholars examine this question from many different angles. Special attention is given to the 2002 national elections, when right-wing extremist Le Pen made such a spectacular showing in the presidential contest. Was the first-ballot success of Le Pen based on issues of law and order, ethnicity, nationalism or on the economy? What about the role of the traditional factors of social class, region, religion and left-right ideology? Do the peculiar electoral institutions of the Fifth Republic foster political extremism, or act as a break on it? The French Voter considers these issues both in relation to the 2002 contest and past elections.

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Michael S. Lewis-Beck is the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Introduction: French Election Theories and the 2002 Results--M.S.Lewis-Beck
• France's 2002 Presidential Elections: Old and New Territorial Fractures--A.Laurent
• Do Issues Matter? Law and Order in the 2002 French Presidential Election--N.Mayer & V.Tiberj
• Ideology and Party Identification: A Normalization of French Voting Anchors?--J.Evans
• Old Wine in New Bottles? New Wine in Old Bottles? Class, Religion and Vote in the French Electorate--B.Cautrès * Strategic Voting in the 2002 French Presidential Elections--A.Blais
• Institutions and Voters: Structuring Electoral Choice--R.Elgie
• Could There Possibly Have Been Economic Voting?--G.Whitten
• Dual Governance and Economic Voting: France and the United States--M.S.Lewis-Beck & R.Nadeau
• Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Electoral Dilemmas and Turnout in the 2002 French Legislative Elections--T.Gschwend & D.Leuffen
• Forecasting the 2002 Elections: Lessons From a Political Economy Model; B.Jérôme & V.Jérôme-Speziari
Vote Functions in France and the 2002 Election Forecast--E.Dubois & C.Fauvelle-Aymar
• National Economic Voting in France: Objective vs. Subjective Measures--E.Bélanger & M.S.Lewis-Beck

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