French Politics

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 282–301 | Cite as

The Stability of French Political Space, 1988–2002

  • Robert Andersen
  • Jocelyn Evans


This paper extends our analysis of French political space (2003), and the relationship between cleavages, values and party choice, to the 2002 Presidential elections. It re-tests both Grunberg and Schweisguth's tripartition hypothesis against our hypothesis of continued bipartition in the context of an election where the Extreme Right candidate played a highly significant role in both rounds and could consequently be expected to stand clearly apart from the mainstream Left and Right as a separate bloc. While we find that there are clear distinctions between the Moderate and Extreme Right in some respects, the separation appears to be a product of the institutional framework which maintains this division artificially: the abiding impression of French political space over 14 years is one of stability.


parties political space cleavage voting value systems Extreme Right institutions 


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© Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Andersen
    • 1
  • Jocelyn Evans
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Politics and Contemporary History, ESPaCH, University of Salford, Crescent HouseSalfordUK

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