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Reinventing France

State and Society in the Twenty-First Century

  • Susan Milner
  • Nick Parsons

Part of the French Politics, Society and Culture Series book series (FPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Susan Milner, Nick Parsons
      Pages 1-17
  3. State and Nation

  4. State and Society

  5. History and Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Hanna Diamond, Claire Gorrara
      Pages 173-184
    3. Susan Milner, Nick Parsons
      Pages 185-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 196-203

About this book


Undermined from above by economic globalization and European integration, and from below by the rise of identity politics, the French state has attempted to redefine its relationship to its citizens. Reinventing France examines the ways in which state action has endeavoured to promote social integration in an increasingly fragmented nation and has challenged traditional concepts of an indivisible Republic and universal citizenship rights in order to achieve the core republican ideals of freedom, equality and solidarity.


desegregation European Integration European Union European Union (EU) globalization governance government Policy politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan Milner
    • 1
  • Nick Parsons
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BathUK
  2. 2.Cardiff UniversityUK

About the editors

SHARON COLLINS Senior Research Consultant, UK HANNA DIAMOND Senior Lecturer in French History and European Politics, University of Bath , UK CLAIRE GORRARA Senior Lecturer in French, Cardiff University, UK DAVID HANLEY Professor of European Politics, Cardiff University, UK JACK HAYWARD Emeritus Professor of Politics, Oxford University, UK DAVID HOWARTH Lecturer in European Politics, Queen Mary College, University of London, UK MARIE-CHRISTINE KOK ESCALLE Senior Research Fellow, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands MICHAEL MARTIN PIERRE SADRAN Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux, France HUGH STARKEY Faculty of Education and Language Studies, The Open University, UK MICHÈLE TRIBALAT Senior Researcher, Institut National d'Ètudes Démographiques, Paris, France JEAN-MARC TROUILLE Senior Lecturer in German Studies, University of Bradford, UK

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