French Politics and Society

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Routledge, Feb 11, 2015 - Political Science - 320 pages

Assuming no previous knowledge and concentrating on the post-1981 era, this book introduces the fundamentals of French government and society. Covering a broad spectrum of topics, French Politics and Society 2nd Edition follows a logical structure and framework for analysis, providing an excellent description of French institutions, access to background information and discussions of historical developments, political forces, public policy, and the evolution of important aspects of French society.


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List of illustrations
A guide to further reading
The making of modern France
French political culture
Presidents and Prime Ministers
Checks and balances?
The immobile state?
change and understanding change
French parties today
The representation of interests
Society citizenship and identity
France since 1958
The economy and economic governance
Europe and Europeanisation
Reinventing French politics and society

Local and regional government

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About the author (2015)

Alistair Cole is Professor of European Politics in the Politics Department of the School of European Studies, Cardiff University and one of the UK's leading scholars of French politics.

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