Political Representation in France

Political Representation in France

by Philip E. Converse, Roy Pierce
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674686608

ISBN-13: 9780674686601

Pub. Date: 06/28/1986

Publisher: Harvard University Press

There can scarcely be a greater tribute to the vitality of the Fifth Republic's democracy than this monumental work. A searching analysis of how the will of the voters is translated into authoritative political decision making, this book not only uncovers political truths about contemporary France but also provides a model for the study of other popular forms of

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There can scarcely be a greater tribute to the vitality of the Fifth Republic's democracy than this monumental work. A searching analysis of how the will of the voters is translated into authoritative political decision making, this book not only uncovers political truths about contemporary France but also provides a model for the study of other popular forms of government.

The authors set out to find an answer to the perplexing question of how representative government operates in France in the seemingly unstable context of multiparties. By interviewing voters as well as legislators in 1967 and in 1968 after the great upheaval, and by monitoring policies of the National Assembly from 1967 to 1973, the authors test relationships between public opinion and decision making. They are able to sort out the abiding political cues that orient the French voter, to establish the normal electoral processes, to gauge the nature of mass perceptions of the political options available to voters, and to interpret the strikes, riots, and demonstrations of 1968 as a channel of communication parallel to the electoral process itself.

Lucid in style, methodologically sophisticated, and often comparative in approach, Political Representation in France is a seminal work for political scientists, sociologists, and historians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674686601
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1986
Series:
Belknap Press Series
Pages:
1040
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.61(h) x 2.08(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

I. The French Voter

1. The Framework of French Politics

2. French Voters and Their Party System

3. Party Loyalties in France

4. La Gauche et la Droite

5. Class, Religion, and Gaullism

II. Choosing a Representative

6. The Candidates

7. Policy Attitudes of Mass and Elite

8. Candidate Visibility

9. Issues, Parties, and Candidates

10. The First-Ballot Vote

11. The Second Ballot: Electoral Participation

12. The Second Ballot: The Flow of the Vote

13. The Second Ballot: Candidate Behavior and Electoral Response

III. The System in Crisis

14. Revolt and Reaction: The Upheaval of May 1968 and the June Elections

15. Elite Reactions to the May-June Events

IV. The Representation System

16. Theories and Models of Representation

17. The Deputies in the National Assembly

18. The Basic Representation Bond

19. Winners, Losers, and Their Constituencies

20. Elite Knowledge of Constituency Sentiment

21. Conceptions of the Representative Role

22. The Composite Representation Process

23. Conditional Variations in Representation

24. The Nature of Representation in France

Appendices

A. Design and Implementation of the Mass Interviewing

B. The Structure of the Elite Sample

C. Correction of Correlations for Small-Sample Attenuation

D. Questionnaires

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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