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This volume presents a detailed study of the very latest research on French electoral behavior by leaders in voting scholarship. The careful and large-scale survey research on which it is based makes this study highly unusual and distinct from other related studies. The approach and scientific standards of the study make it comparable to current efforts in the United States and Britain. The French Voter Decides therefore provides, for political scientists trained in the survey research tradition, a familiar lens through which to view French politics. While the methodology employed is American in origin, the authors develop a distinctive model of voting adapted to the special characteristics of the French electorate. Each chapter addresses a separate aspect of the general topic, thus ensuring a comprehensive and cohesive view of electoral behavior. In particular, the contributors refute the widely held notion that somehow things have changed dramatically in France; rather, they demonstrate the underlying stability of the French electorate. Political scientists specializing in French politics will find much that is valuable and original in this study, while Michael S. Lewis-Beck's introduction - correlating the French approach with the more familiar American models - will provide essential background for nonspecialists. Clear and accessibly presented data analyses make this volume ideal for students at the graduate as well as the undergraduate level.
Why do French voters vote the way they do? In this book, leading international scholars examine this question from many different angles. Special attention is given to the 2002 national elections, when right-wing extremist Le Pen made such a spectacular showing in the presidential contest. Was the first-ballot success of Le Pen based on issues of law and order, ethnicity, nationalism or on the economy? What about the role of the traditional factors of social class, region, religion and left-right ideology? Do the peculiar electoral institutions of the Fifth Republic foster political extremism, or act as a break on it? The French Voter considers these issues both in relation to the 2002 contest and past elections.
The Oxford Handbook of French Politics provides a comprehensive and comparative overview of the French political system through the lens of political science. The Handbook is organized into three parts: the first part identifies foundational concepts for the French case, including chapters on republicanism and social welfare; the second part focuses on thematic large-scale processes, such identity, governance, and globalization; while the third part examines a wide range of issues relating to substantive politics and policy, among which are chapters on political representation, political culture, social movements, economic policy, gender policy, and defense and security policy. The volume brings together established and emerging scholars and seeks to examine the French political system from a comparative perspective. The contributors provide a state-of-the-art review both of the comparative scholarly literature and the study of the French case, making The Oxford Handbook of French Politics an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the foundations of contemporary political life in France.
Emigrating from Quebec to New England in large numbers after the Civil War, French Canadians became by 1900 the largest non-English-speaking ethnic group in Massachusetts. This study reevaluates the political behavior of French Canadians in Massachusetts from 1885 to 1915 and analyzes the complex relationship between ethnicity and politics.
How can a nation associated with the Declaration of the Rights of Man serve as the context for a successful populist party of the far right? This book brings to the fore the reasons behind this apparent paradox. Using the tools of comparative politics to examine the ideological components of the French Front National (FN) and the manner in which these have interacted with contemporary French institutions, the author argues that Fifth Republican France offers an ideal set of opportunities for Jean Marie Le Pen's party. Fieschi shows how, since 1958, French institutions have provided the FN with numerous ways in which to permeate French politics as well as how the FN and Jean Marie Le Pen in particular, organized the party's strategy in order to best respond to the opportunities offered.
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.
'This clear and comprehensive textbook will be invaluable for undergraduate and graduate courses on elections and voting behaviour. Complex theoretical and statistical ideas are explained lucidly and effectively - no mean achievement' - Representation 'Voters and Voting fills a yawning gap in the study of elections and voting behaviour. No other book today matches the breadth and depth of coverage provided by Jocelyn Evans. This book is destined to become a staple in university courses on elections, parties and political methodology. It will also be a well-thumbed addition to scholars' personal libraries' - David M Farrell, The University of Manchester This accessible textbook provides a comprehensive introduction and guide to theories of voting and electoral behaviour. The text introduces the concept of voting and traces the historical origins and development of voting theories up to and including present-day techniques and models. Approaches reviewed include the early social and psychological models, through the rational choice, spatial modelling and economic theories, to the more sophisticated contemporary models. By carefully presenting and explaining the major technical and methodological advances made in voting studies, the text serves to provide a complete review of the different approaches and techniques that have characterized this area of study from its origins to the present day. The book includes separate chapters on abstention and electoral competition, and employs a range of empirical examples from a number of countries. It concludes by looking at how voting studies might evolve in the future. Voters and Voting: An Introduction will be essential reading for all students of electoral and political behaviour across the social and political sciences.

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