Parties and the party system in France : a disconnected democracy? /
Andrew Knapp.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
xv, 423 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
033392083X (cloth)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
033392083X (cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 380-405) and index.
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"Andrew Knapp has writtenthebook for those who want to be up-to-date and fully informed about French parties." --French Politics, Culture & Society
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-04-01:
Knapp (Univ. of Reading, UK) offers a mine of information on almost everything one could possibly want to know about the subject. He combines an excursus on typologies of political parties, rival models of party politics, and social cleavages with a chronology of developments from the beginning of the Fifth Republic in 1958 to 2002. Knapp traces the evolution of the major parties from Gaullist dominance through a modified bipolarism to Socialist dominance. The author, well known for his writings on French political parties, pays due attention to the major determinants of party changes--social class, the electoral system and its periodic revisions, and socioeconomic changes--and evaluates the impact of organizational weaknesses and the decline of ideology on party loyalty and voting behavior. He provides interesting details on party alliances, combinations, and scissions within the Right and the Left; the rise of the National Front; the emergence of marginal parties on both sides of the ideological divide; and the collapse of the Communist Party. References to cumul des mandats, subnational party politics, and relations between parties and interest groups could have been more fully explored. But this is a minor gap in a truly comprehensive study. The book contains over 80 statistical tables, maps, and figures and an enormous bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. W. Safran University of Colorado at Boulder
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The French elections of 2002 broke all records for fragmentation, abstention and far-right protest voting, yet returned incumbent President Chirac in triumph and gave him a solid basis of parliamentary support. Parties and the Party System in France seeks to explain the paradox of France's current relationship to politics through a comprehensive analysis of French political parties and their interaction over the last 50 years, set against the two contexts of French history and of contemporary theories of parties and party systems.
Table of Contents
Perspectives on Parties in France
The Fifth Republic and the Course of Electoral Politics
The Left: Dynamics of Cooperation and Conflict
The Communist Collapse
Influence on the Margins: France's Far Left
Vanished supremacy: The Socialists Under Mitterrand and After
The Green Dilemma
The Centre Cannot Hold: The Rise and Fall of the UDF
The End of Gaullism and the Birth of the President's Party
The Rise and Rise of the Far Right
From the Barrel of a Gun: Chasse, Peche, Nature et Traditions
A Disconnected Democracy?
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