The French Party System

The French Party System

By Jocelyn Evans
Book Description

This book provides a complete overview of political parties in France. The social and ideological profiles of all the major parties are analysed chapter by chapter, highlighting their principal functions and dynamics within the system. This examination is complemented by analyses of bloc and system features, including the pluralist left, Europe, and the ideological space in which the parties operate. In particular, the book addresses the impressive capacity of French parties and their leaders to adapt themselves to the changing concerns of their electorates and to a shifting institutional context. Contrary to the apparently fragmentary system and increasingly hostile clashes between political personalities, the continuities in the French political system seem destined to persist. Drawing on the expertise of its French and British contributors, 'The French party system' forms a benchmark study of the state of party politics in France. It will be an essential text for all students of French politics and parties, and for students of European politics more generally.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • List of figures and tables
  • List of contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of abbreviations
  • Introduction (Jocelyn A. J. Evans)
  • 1 Stress, strain and stability in the French party system (Alistair Cole)
    • 2 The French Communist Party: from revolution to reform (David S. Bell)
    • 3 PS intra-party politics and party system change (Ben Clift)
    • 4 The Greens: from idealism to pragmatism, 1984–2002 (Bruno Villalba and Sylvie Vieillard-Coffre)
    • 5 Managing the plural left: implications for the party system (David Hanley)
    • 6 Beyond the mainstream: la gauche de la gauche (Jim Wolfreys)
    • 7 The UDF in the 1990s: the break-up of a party confederation (Nicolas Sauger)
    • 8 From the Gaullist movement to the president’s party (Andrew Knapp)
    • 9 The FN split: party system change and electoral prospects (Gilles Ivaldi)
    • 10 Europe and the French party system (Jocelyn A. J. Evans)
    • 11 Contemporary developments in political space in France (Robert Andersen and Jocelyn A. J. Evans)
  • Conclusion (Jocelyn A. J. Evans)
  • References
  • Index
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