ISBN : 9780199669691
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. Themes: 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: The State of Research on French Politics: Towards International Convergence?