French Politics

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 386–399 | Cite as

Toward a comparative politics of France

  • Robert Elgie
  • Emiliano Grossman
  • Amy G. MazurEmail author

The following has been reproduced from The Oxford Handbook of French Politics with the permission of Oxford University Press.

We began this Handbook by noting the turbulent nature of French political life. We wanted to explore how scholars have tried to make sense of the shocks and upheavals that France has experienced over the years, particularly during the Fifth Republic since 1958. How has France been studied? What paradigms have emerged and how have they changed over time? We also wanted to place these questions in a comparative perspective. In what ways have scholars of France learned from their colleagues elsewhere? To what extent have students of French political life shaped the international research agenda? Have there been separate and parallel scholarly developments in France relative to elsewhere, or has there been a cross-national dialog?

In this Conclusion we reflect on how scholars have addressed these questions and the observations they have made about them. What has...



This chapter has been reproduced from The Oxford Handbook of French Politics with the permission of the Licensor through PLSclear. We are grateful to Oxford University Press for allowing us to share this work in celebration of the life of Robert Elgie.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Elgie
    • 1
  • Emiliano Grossman
    • 2
  • Amy G. Mazur
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  2. 2.CEE, Sciences PoParisFrance
  3. 3.School of Politics, Philosophy and Public AffairsWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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