Political Ideologies In Contemporary France

Author: Christopher Flood
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781855672383
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Contributions contained in this volume discuss seven strains of political thought in France today: democratic socialism, communism, Gaullism and liberalism, national populism, ecologism, feminism, and multiculturalism. Contributors are primarily English scholars of French Studies and their contributions focus on the participants, strategy, and future prospects of each ideological tendency. Distributed by Books International. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Paris And The Provinces

Author: Peter Alexis Gourevitch
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520039711
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Party Politics And Decentralization In Japan And France

Author: Koichi Nakano
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135181039
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Decentralization is a curious policy for a central government to pursue. If politics is essentially about the struggle for power, why would anyone want to give away the power that one struggled for and won? This book argues that it is precisely party competition in search of power that propels decentralization. Koichi Nakano develops his core argument through in-depth, qualitative research on the politics of reform in France and Japan. Introducing the concept of oppositional policy, he traces the process through which parties in opposition reinvent their ideologies and policy platforms in an attempt to present themselves as the voice of the governed, broaden popular support through the advocacy of enhanced democratic control of government, and proceed to implement some of these oppositional policies after capturing power. This book, thus, takes the role of political parties in the democratic process seriously - parties take up certain issues and espouse certain solutions actively as weapons in the power struggle both on the electoral front and in the policy process. Party competition is not merely a formal condition of democracy; it is also a mechanism with substantive policy impact on its evolution. Party Politics and Decentralization in Japan and France will be of interest to students of Japanese and French politics and comparative politics in general.

Democratizing France

Author: Vivien A. Schmidt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521036054
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The focus of this book is on the decentralization reforms legislated by the Socialist government in France from 1982 to 1986. These reforms redefined the role of the central state in the periphery and gave extensive new powers to territorial governments. In order to more fully assess the causes and effects of this recent decentralization, Vivien Schmidt examines these reforms and their impact in comparative historical perspective. The first part of the book traces the history of decentralization from the French Revolution to the present, highlighting the significant reforms at the beginning of the Third Republic in the 1870s. The second part of the book analyzes the actual impact of the reforms of both the 1870s and the 1980s on local government institutions and processes. Professor Schmidt uses an innovative mix of methods borrowed from political sociology and cultural anthropology, combined with historical analysis and extensive interviews of national and local politicians and civil servants. Her analysis allows her to explain how in a governmental system as formally centralized as that of France, local officials nevertheless managed to develop informal rules that gave them more power than the laws allowed. The Socialists in the Fifth Republic, she explains, formalized this previously established informal system. The book provides important new theoretical insights into the changing nature of the French state in addition to revealing significant historical patterns, particularly in the parallel between the role of decentralization in the Third and Fifth Republics.

Fragmented France

Author: Jack Hayward
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199216312
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Hayward explores the way in which the French define their identity by opposition to the 'Anglo-Saxons': first England, now America. The prologue explores France's self-image by contrast with the Anglo-American counter-identity.

Ambiguities Of Empire

Author: Robert Holland
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ISBN: 9780415466585
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This book comprises essays offered by friends, colleagues, and former students in tribute to Andrew Porter, on the occasion of his retirement from the Rhodes Chair in Imperial History at the University of London. The contributors, including many distinguished historians, explore through a variety of case studies 'ambiguities of empire' and of imperial and quasi-imperial relationships, reflecting important themes in Professor Porter's own writing. Whilst the range of articles reflects the breadth of Andrew Porter's scholarly collaborations and interests, the chapters focus in particular on two aspects of imperial history which have been the subject of his particular attention: religion and empire and the end of empire. The book contains original pieces on the history of British imperialism currently the subject of considerable scholarly attention. The book will be invaluable to students and scholars of empire, religion and colonialism. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.