Spatial analysis of La République En Marche and French Parties, 2002–2017

  • Cameron Michael GilEmail author
Data, Measures and Methods


This article uses spatial analysis and regressions of party manifestos to investigate possible contributing factors of President Macron’s novel political party, La République En Marche (LREM), success in the 2017 legislative elections, particularly if LREM sits in a unique spatial position among French political parties in the wake of traditional, mainstream parties vacating the center position. This study uses both the economic left–right axis and the post-materialist, GAL-TAN axis accompanied by an analysis of the degree to which each party expresses sentiment about Europe. This approach permits a unique analysis of legislative elections since 2002 in order to set the stage for a multifaceted analysis of the 2017 spatial arrangement. Given the peculiarities of 2017, this study also attempts to examine the electoral momentum of President Macron’s victory as a contributing factor to LREM’s success. Ultimately, LREM is shown to exist in a unique position among French political parties, particularly in the wake of all traditional parties vacating the center point and the right wing having no proximal competition to LREM. Portions of the results point to a possible shift in the saliency of ideology as well as a new system polarity emerging.


Political parties Spatial theory Party manifestos Post-materialism France Centrism 


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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceCalifornia State UniversityNorthridgeUSA

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