Government and Politics France / Edition 5

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415357326
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Knapp is Professor of Politics at the University of Reading.

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Table of Contents

1 French political traditions in a changing context 1
2 From fourth to fifth republic 49
3 Presidents and prime ministers : the personal factor 67
4 The sources of executive power 85
5 Executive policy-making : the variable diarchy 109
6 The French parliament : decline - and resurgence? 141
7 The left and the greens : the dilemma of government 168
8 The right : domination and division 216
9 Transformations of the party system : continuity and change 252
10 The administration : foundations, myth and changing reality 281
11 The state and the pressure groups 312
12 Paris and the provinces : the post-Jacobin state 349
13 French justice and the elusive Etat de droit 389
14 France and European integration 422
15 Conclusion 487
App. 1 Chronological table : main events from the revolution to the collapse of the fourth republic 501
App. 2 Chronological table : main events from the foundation of the fifth republic until 2005 503
App. 3 Voting behaviour, presidential election, first ballot, 2002 514
App. 4 Voting behaviour, legislative elections, second ballot, 2002 516
App. 5 Voting behaviour in two referendums on Europe, 1992 and 2005 517
App. 6 Abbreviations for French parties 518
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