Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Historical and Constitutional Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anne Stevens
      Pages 3-30
    3. Anne Stevens
      Pages 31-63
  3. The Governmental System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Anne Stevens
      Pages 67-104
    3. Anne Stevens
      Pages 105-134
    4. Anne Stevens
      Pages 135-157
    5. Anne Stevens
      Pages 158-181
  4. Democratic Politics in France

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Anne Stevens
      Pages 185-214
    3. Anne Stevens
      Pages 215-239
    4. Anne Stevens
      Pages 240-277
  5. France and Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Anne Stevens
      Pages 328-331
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 332-368

About this book


The Government and Politics of France provides a clear and concise introduction to the working of the major political institutions in France, including the presidency, parliament, the government and administrative machinery, local government, political parties and pressure groups. The emphasis is on a lively sense of how political action happens, where power is located and how, and within what constraints, it is used. The new second edition provides a critical review of the Mitterand presidency and an assessment of continuities and change under Chirac.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-66552-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-24745-5
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