French Polity

ISBN-10: 0205600700

ISBN-13: 9780205600700

Edition: 7th 2009 (Revised)

Authors: William Safran

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Focusing on the interplay between individual and institutions,The French Polityis the most current and comprehensive text for introducing students to the changing and enduring characteristics of the French political scene. It combines historical perspective and contextual information on French society to clearly explain the evolution and health of this countryrsquo;s political institutions, process, and culture. Throughout, William Safran, a leading area studies expert, goes beyond description to offer original analyses of French politics.
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List price: $106.53
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

William Safran is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has also taught at City University of New York and at the Universities of Bordeaux, Grenoble, and Nice in France and Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He has written numerous articles on French and European politics and on national identity and related subjects. His recent books include The French Polity, 7th ed. (2009); Language, Ethnic Identity, and the State (2005); The Secular and the Sacred: Nation, Religion, and Politics (2002); and Identity and Territorial Autonomy in Plural Societies (2000). He is the founding editor of the journal Nationalism and Ethnic Politics and general editor of Routledge Studies in Nationalism and Ethnicity.

Tables and Figures
Preface
Abbreviations and Acronyms
France: The Historical and Constitutional Background
The Legacy of the Revolution
The Rise and Fall of the Fourth Republic
The Sources and Nature of the Fifth Republic Constitution
Constitutional Interpretation and Adaptation
The Economic and Social Context
Economic Development
Population Growth
Industrial Modernization and Globalization
Social Classes and Mobility
Religion, Culture, and Citizenship
Immigration, Naturalization, and Integration
Ethnocultural Challenges
The Educational System
Democratizing and Modernizing the School System
Research, Science, and Cultural Policy
The Position of Women
Political Attitudes
Civic-Mindedness and Incivisme
Verbal and Practical Behavior
The Street as a Political Arena
Conceptions of the State
National Identity
Political Parties and Elections
The Political Left: The Socialist Party
The Communists
The Political Right: The Evolution of Gaullism From the RPR to the UMP
The Political "Center": From Classic Provincialism to the UDF
The Old Center
The Elections of 1974 and the Emergence of Giscardo-Centrism
The Left in Power: 1981 and After
Rotations: Opposition Challenges to Incumbents, 1986-1995
The Right and Center in Opposition
The Rise of the National Front
The Parliamentary Election of 1986: Introduction to Power Sharing
The Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of 1988
The Greens
The Parliamentary Elections of 1993: The Confusion and Collapse of the Left
The Victory of the Right
The Marginalization of the Environmentalists and the Containment of the Extreme Right
The Chirac Era
The Presidential Elections of 1995: Antecedents and Consequences
The Parliamentary Elections of 1997: Refragmentation
The Elections of 2002: Toward a Return to Bipolarity
The lections of 2007
The Functional Relevance of Political Parties
Unnatural Alliances
Political Wanderings
The Place of Ideology
Voters' Choices, Programs, and Personalities
The Electoral System: Its Impact on Parties and Voting Behavior
Political Fringe Groups, Clubs, and Movements
Summary and Conclusion
Interest Groups
Trade Unions
Business Associations
Agriculture
Students and Teachers
Miscellaneous Interest Groups
The Access and Input of Interest Groups
Pluralist, Corporatist, and Other Models of Interest-Group Politics
Instruments and Patterns of Decision Making: The Executive
The Position of the President
The Prime Ministers
Cohabitation I: Precedent-Setting Pattern or Political Parenthesis?
Cohabitation II: A "Civilized" Waiting Game
Cohabitation III: Co-Decision Making or a Neo-Parliamentary Regime?
The Government
The Construction and Reshuffling of Cabinets
The Executive and Parliament
Emergency Powers
The President and Charisma
Instruments and Patterns of Decision Making: The Parliament
Parliament in the Fifth Republic
The Committee System
The Senate
Limits on Parliamentary Decision Making
The Constitutional Council
Questions and Censure Motions
The Incompatibility Rule
The Role of the Deputy
The Administrative System
Background, Structure, and Recruitment
The Political Complexion of Civil Servants
Controls over the Civil Service
Subnational Administration
The Commune
Administrative Reform and Decentralization
The Reforms of 1981-1983
The Administration of Paris
Corsica and Overseas Territories
Functional Decentralization
Law, Justice, and Civil Liberties
The Judicial System
Justice and the Democratic State
The Legal Protection of Aliens and Minorities
The Police
Freedom of Expression
Political Changes and Public Policies
Economic Policy from the Liberation to the Giscard Presidency
The Experiment with Capitalist Planning
Economic Policy Under the Mitterrand Presidency
The Politics of Austerity
The First Chirac Government and the Politics of Neoliberalism
The Governments of Rocard, Cresson, and B�r�govoy: The Limits of Socialism
The Balladur Government: Redressement and Rigueur
Economic Policy Under the Chirac Presidency
The Jupp� Plan
The Jospin Government: Squaring the Circle
Raffarin's Policies: Pressures and Constraints
The Villepin Interlude: Economic patriotism
Sarkozy's Ambitions and Prospects
Aspects of Foreign Policy
France and Europe
Constitutional and Institutional Issues: Conclusions
Index
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