The Oxford Handbook of French Politics

ISBN : 9780198861454

Robert Elgie, Emiliano Grossman; Amy G. Mazur
752 Pages
170 x 244 mm
Pub date
Apr 2020
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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.


1 Robert Elgie, Emiliano Grossman, and Amy G. Mazur: A Framework for a Comparative Politics of France

Part I. Conceptual Foundations

2 Yves Meny: Republicanism: A Transatlantic Misunderstanding

3 Jack Hayward: The State Imperative

4 Patrick Hassenteufel and Bruno Palier: The French Welfare System

Part II. Large-Scale Processes

5 Riva Kastoryano and Angeline Escafre-Dublet: Identity, Culture and Politics: The Other and the Self in France

6 Gilles Pinson: The French Way to Multi-Level Governance: Governance with Government

7 Sabine Saurugger: The Europeanization of Public Policy in France: Actor-Centred Approaches

8 Michel Goyer and Miguel Glatzer: Globalization: French Ambivalence as a Critical Case

Part III. Institutions

9 Robert Elgie and Emiliano Grossman: Executive Politics in France: From Leader to Laggard?

10 Olivier Costa: Legislative Politics: Going International, While Staying Native

11 Sylvain Brouard: Constitutional Politics: The French Case and Theory-Building

12 Philippe Bezes: Challenges to French Public Administration: Mapping the Vitality of its Knowledge Sources

13 Romain Pasquier: Regional and Local Government: Interpreting Territorial Politics

Part IV. Parties, Elections and Voters

14 Nicolas Sauger: Political Representation: Bringing Elections Back In

15 Nonna Mayer and Vincent Tiberj: How to Study Political Culture Without Naming It

16 Richard Nadeau and Michael S. Lewis-Beck: Explaining French Elections: The Need to Meet in the Middle

17 Florence Haegel: Parties and Party Systems: Making the French Socio-Cultural Approach Matter

18 Jacques Gerstle: Political Communication: From International Institutionalization to National Conquest of Scientific Legitimacy

Part V. Civil Society

19 Darren McCauley: Interest Groups: Moving Beyond State-Centric Models

20 Olivier Fillieule: The Study of Social Movements in France: The French Touch and a Comparative Contribution

21 Laure Bereni: Women's Movements and Feminism: French Political Sociology Meets a Comparative Feminist Approach

22 Sophie Duchesne: National Identity in France: A Blind Spot

Part VI. Public Policy and Policy-making

A. The Domestic Arena

23 Ben Clift: French Economic Policy: Theory Development and the Three 'I's

24 Charlotte Halpern: Environmental and Energy Policy in France: A Critical Case for Comparative Political Research?

25 Amy G. Mazur and Anne Revillard: Gender Policy Studies: Distinct, but Making the Comparative Connection

B. The International Arena

26 Craig Parsons: France and the Evolution of European Integration: The Exemplary and Pivotal Case for Broader Theories

27 Vivien A. Schmidt: Varieties Of Capitalism: A Distinct French Model?

28 Bastien Irondelle, Jean Joana, and Frederic Merand: Defense and Security Policy: Beyond French Exceptionalism

29 Gordon D. Cumming: French Aid Through the Comparative Looking Glass: A Representative, Deviant, or Agenda-Setting Case?


30 Robert Elgie, Emiliano Grossman, and Amy G. Mazur: Towards a Comparaitve Politics of France

About the author: 

Robert Elgie (1965-2019) was Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies at Dublin City University. He published numerous books, including The Study of Political Leadership: Foundations and Contending Accounts (Palgrave 2015), Semi-Presidentialism: Sub-types and Democratic Performance (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Political Institutions in Contemporary France (Oxford University Press, 2003). He published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, and Journal of Democracy. He was the Editor of the journal French Politics and the Review Editor for Government and Opposition.; Emiliano Grossman is an Associate Professor at Sciences Po in Paris, working at the Centre d'etudes europeennes. He teaches Comparative Politics and Public Policy and is the co-convenor of the Master of European Affairs at Sciences Po. He specializes in political institutions and agenda-setting processes. He is currently heading the French Agendas Project and is involved in several related research projects, ranging from the influence of media on policymaking to questions relating to partisan effects in policymaking. He has published widely on these issues, most recently in journals like Governance, Comparative Political Studies, and Journal of Legislative Studies.; Amy G. Mazur is the C.O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Washington State University. She is also an Associate Researcher at the Centre d'Etudes Europeennes, Sciences Po, Paris. Her recent books include Politics, Gender, and Concepts (editor with Gary Goertz, Cambridge University Press 2008), The French Fifth Republic at Fifty: Beyond Stereoytpes (editor with Sylvain Brouard and Andrew Appleton, Palgrave, 2009), and The Politics of State Feminism: Innovation in Comparative Research (with Dorothy McBride, Temple University Press, 2010). Most recently she has published in Comparative European Politics, Revue Francaise de Science Politique, and Politics and Gender. She is currently co convening the Gender Equality Policy in Practice Project (GEPP) and is Associate Editor of French Politics.

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