French Politics and Society


Author: Alistair Cole

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 131737696X

Category: Political Science

Page: 324

View: 9161

French Politics and Society is the ideal companion for all students of France and French politics with a strong reputation for its lucidity and lively exposition of the French polity. This third edition remains a highly readable text and offers a broad, critical and comprehensive understanding of French politics. The book provides an excellent description of French institutions and ensures readers access to background information through discussing historical developments, political forces, public policy, and the evolution of important aspects of French society. Key updates for the third edition include: extensive updates including the Chirac, Sarkozy and Hollande presidencies; inclusion of constitutional and state reform coverage since 2008; the French party system and evolution of the French left and right; more on France’s positioning with regards to Brussels and the impact of the European economic crisis. French Politics and Society is essential reading for all undergraduates studying French politics, French studies, European studies or comparative politics.

Contemporary France

An Introduction to French Politics and Society


Author: David Howarth,Georgios Varouxakis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1444118870

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 288

View: 5289

At least since the French Revolution, France has the peculair distinction of simultaneously fascinating, charming and exasperating its neighbours and foreign observers. Contemporary France provides an essential introduction for students of French politics and society, exploring contemporary developments while placing them in a deeper historical, intellectual, cultural and social context that makes for insightful analysis. Thus, chapters on France's economic policy and welfare state, its foreign and European policies and its political movements and recent institutional developments are informed by an analysis of the country's unique political and institutional traditions, distinct forms of nationalism and citizenship, dynamic intellectual life and recent social trends. Summaries of key political, economic and social movements and events are displayed as exhibits.

Contemporary France

An Introduction to French Politics and Society


Author: David R. Howarth,David J. Howarth,David Howarth,Georgios Varouxakis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780340741870

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 3660

Contemporary France is a handbook covering most of the major features of French politics and society. The book is up-to-date, exploring the latest political and social developments and trends while at the same time placing them in a deeper historical, intellectual, cultural and social context that makes for insightful analysis.

Contemporary France

Politics and Society Since 1945


Author: D. L. Hanley,Miss A P Kerr,N. H. Waites

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113497423X

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 634

First published in 1984. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The French Empire Between the Wars

Imperialism, Politics and Society


Author: Martin Thomas

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719065187

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 5626

The French empire between the wars is the first study of the French colonial empire at its height in the twenty years following the First World War. Based on extensive archival research, it addresses current debates about French methods of rule and their impact on colonial peoples, the origins of decolonisation, and the role of popular imperialism in French society and culture. By considering the distinctiveness of the inter-war years as a discrete period of colonial change, this book addresses several larger issues, such as tracing the origins of decolonisation in the rise of colonial nationalism, and a re-assessment of the impact of inter-war colonial rebellions in Africa, Syria and Indochina. The book also connects French theories of colonial governance to the lived experience of colonial rule in a period scarred by war and economic dislocation. The author analyses colonial decision-making in Paris and the renewed threat of global war, as well as colonial economic conditions and forms of discrimination in the empire to illustrate the process of French imperial decline.

Catholicism, Politics and Society in Twentieth-century France


Author: Kay Chadwick

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9780853239741

Category: History

Page: 295

View: 1558

Catholicism, once the protean monster, still functions as a complex component of French identity. No consideration of modern France would be complete without reference to the enduring impact and influence of Catholicism on the life of the nation. This volume sets out to capture some of the variety and significance of the Catholic phenomenon in twentieth-century secular France, and to express something of its extraordinary vitality and interest. Each contribution focuses on a specific theme or period crucial to an understanding of the role played by French Catholics and their Church. Collectively, these studies reveal that Catholics were involved in almost every event of consequence and voiced an opinion on almost every issue. Equally, the volume offers a collage of insights which reflects the fragmentation of Catholic activity and attitudes as the century progressed. Being Catholic in modern France no longer means the espousal of a particular political or social agenda. Nor does it necessarily mean regular and traditional religious observance, or even strict adherence to the dictates of the Church. Modern French Catholicism truly has many mansions.

France Since 1870

Culture, Politics and Society


Author: Charles Sowerwine

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780333658376

Category: History

Page: 505

View: 741

The defeat of France by Prussia in 1871 marked the death of an illusion nurtured for much of the 19th century that the French could regain their Napoleonic role as arbiters of world affairs. France's subsequent history has been a sometimes successful, sometimes catastrophic attempt to come to terms with its diminished status. To this day, French politics remains saturated in the mythology of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods with their twin legacies of mass action (the Popular Front, the events of 1968) and, in effect, popular dictatorship (Petain, de Gaulle). This history describes the great political, economic, cultural and social events that have defined the period, from the convulsive establishment of a French republic to the apotheosis of French national culture in World War I, from the acrimonious failure of the 1930s and the Occupation to France's resurgence as a central focus of postwar Europe. The book ends with President Mitterand's retirement, an epochal event that marks the severing of France's last link with the Vichy government and the Fourth Republic.

Multi-Ethnic France

Immigration, Politics, Culture and Society


Author: Alec G. Hargreaves

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134152019

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9021

This second edition of Multi-Ethnic France spans politics and economics, social structures and cultural practices and has been updated to cover events which have occurred on the national and international stage since the first edition was published. These include: recent developments in the Banlieues, including the riots of 2005 the growing visibility of sub-Saharan Africans in France's evolving ethnic mix the reverberations in France of international developments such as 9/11, the second Intifada and the Iraq Wars the renewed controversy over the wearing of the Islamic headscarf the development of anti-discrimination policy and the debate over 'positive discrimination'. Immigration is one of the most significant and persistent issues in contemporary France. It has become central to political debate with the rise, on one side, of Jean-Marie Le Pen's extreme right-wing party and, on the other, of Islamist terrorism. In Multi-Ethnic France, Alec G. Hargreaves unmasks the prejudices and misconceptions faced by minorities of Muslim heritage and lays bare the social and political neglect behind the riots of 2005. This second edition is fully updated, and includes a glossary and chronology, as well as a revised bibliography.

France, 1870-1914

politics and society


Author: Robert David Anderson

Publisher: Routledge and Kegan Paul


Category: History

Page: 215

View: 388

Twentieth-Century France

Politics, Society and Culture 1898-2003


Author: James F. McMillan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9780340731963

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 6024

This book has long established itself as the most authoritative guide to the modern history of French politics and society. This new edition broadens the book's scope and appeal by adding three new chapters on ideas, identities and culture, exploring the themes of 'Frenchness,' the distinctiveness of French political culture, the role of intellectuals and the avant-garde, and the creation of a mass culture. Additionally, there is new material on the end of the Mitterrand presidency and a completely new chapter on France under Jacques Chirac. All chapters have been revised to take account of the latest historiography, and the bibliography has been brought fully up to date.

Language, Politics, and Society

The New Languages Department : Festschrift in Honour of Professor D.E. Ager


Author: Sue Wright,Linda Hantrais,Jolyon Howorth

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781853594878

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 148

View: 6761

The thirteen essays in this volume are dedicated to Professor Dennis Ager on his retirement. Their range is eloquent testimony to the catholicity and openness of Professor Ager's approach to what was originally called "Area Studies". They celebrate the diversity over which he presided as head of the French department and head of the faculty of Modern Language's at Aston University in the period 1971-1998.

Selected Letters on Politics and Society


Author: Alexis de Tocqueville

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520057517

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 417

View: 1491

Correspondence by the eminent nineteenth-century French historian documents his polical views, his careers as a writer and politician, and his complex personality

Democracy in Modern France


Author: Nick Hewlett

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826474230

Category: Political Science

Page: 221

View: 2624

With its unique blend of political history and political theory, this book is a welcome addition to the series on Politics, Culture and Society in the New Europe. Nick Hewlett begins his fascinating study with a discussion of the various ways in which the concept of democracy has been interpreted. He continues by tracing the effect of France's revolutionary tradition on the theory and practice of democracy since the Enlightenment, looking in particular at both republican democracy and direct democracy. Hewlett examines the implications for democracy of profound social and political conflict in France and offers an unusual critique of the institutions and structures of formal politics, suggesting that their relationship with democracy is more tenuous than is often assumed. The political philosophy of `new liberals' such as Luc Ferry and Marcel Gauchet is also discussed in detail. Thought-provoking, original and closely-argued, this book explores some key aspects of politics in France whilst making a strong case for greater direct participation of ordinary people in politics. Nick Hewlett is Professor of French Studies and Director of the Centre for European Research at Oxford Brookes University. He is author of Modern French Politics. Conflict and Consensus since 1945 (1998), co-author of Contemporary France (with Jill Forbes and François Nectoux, 1994 and 2001), and co-editor of Currents in Contemporary French intellectual Life (with Christopher Flood, 2000) and Unity and Diversity in the New Europe (with Barrie Axford and Daniela Berghahn, 2000).

Politics, Power, and Bureaucracy in France

The Administrative Elite


Author: Ezra N. Suleiman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400872669

Category: Political Science

Page: 460

View: 8106

The interaction between politics and administration has generally been ignored by students of bureaucracy. Ezra N. Suleiman, however, views the French bureaucracy as a dynamic and integral part of the French political system. Using survey data as well as historical and contemporary sources, he concentrates on the highest officials and examines their relationships with both the political sector and the society. After identifying the place of the state in French society the author deals with the recruitment of higher civil servants, using comparative data to explain why the high social origins of French civil servants have remained constant. His investigation of the important institutional mechanisms of the central administration stresses that even a centralized and powerful bureaucracy must be seen as a complex of institutions rather than as a monolithic organization. Finally the author deals with the relations of the higher civil servants with other groups in society and with the regime of the Fifth Republic. Originally published in 1974. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Integrating Islam

Political and Religious Challenges in Contemporary France


Author: Jonathan Laurence,Justin Vaïsse

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815751524

Category: Religion

Page: 342

View: 3226

Nearly five million Muslims call France home, the vast majority from former French colonies in North Africa. While France has successfully integrated waves of immigrants in the past, this new influx poses a new variety of challenges—much as it does in neighboring European countries. Alarmists view the growing role of Muslims in French society as a form of "reverse colonization"; they believe Muslim political and religious networks seek to undermine European rule of law or that fundamentalists are creating a society entirely separate from the mainstream. Integrating Islam portrays the more complex reality of integration's successes and failures in French politics and society. From intermarriage rates to economic indicators, the authors paint a comprehensive portrait of Muslims in France. Using original research, they devote special attention to the policies developed by successive French governments to encourage integration and discourage extremism. Because of the size of its Muslim population and its universalistic definition of citizenship, France is an especially good test case for the encounter of Islam and the West. Despite serious and sometimes spectacular problems, the authors see a "French Islam" slowly replacing "Islam in France"–in other words, the emergence of a religion and a culture that feels at home in, and is largely at peace with, its host society. Integrating Islam provides readers with a comprehensive view of the state of Muslim integration into French society that cannot be found anywhere else. It is essential reading for students of French politics and those studying the interaction of Islam and the West, as well as the general public.