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The End of the French Exception?
Decline and Revival of the 'French Model'
Edited by Tony Chafer and Emmanuel Godin
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
01 Jun 2010
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The End of the French Exception? seeks to understand how the French national polity has responded to external pressures such as Europeanization and globalization: what, if anything, makes French responses 'exceptional', or at least different, compared to those of other countries? How are we to understand these differences? And how might this analysis lead us to rethink or modify our hypothesis of French exceptionalism?

The contributors to this collection analyse the ways in which the notion of the French exception has informed both academic analysis and political commentary on France today. Adopting a comparative and interdisciplinary approach it examines the resilience of the concept of French exceptionalism and evaluates its relevance in a changing domestic and global context. This highly topical volume also covers the Sarkozy presidency.


Description

The End of the French Exception? seeks to understand how the French national polity has responded to external pressures such as Europeanization and globalization: what, if anything, makes French responses 'exceptional', or at least different, compared to those of other countries? How are we to understand these differences? And how might this analysis lead us to rethink or modify our hypothesis of French exceptionalism?

The contributors to this collection analyse the ways in which the notion of the French exception has informed both academic analysis and political commentary on France today. Adopting a comparative and interdisciplinary approach it examines the resilience of the concept of French exceptionalism and evaluates its relevance in a changing domestic and global context. This highly topical volume also covers the Sarkozy presidency.


Reviews

'This is an extremely interesting book that makes an important contribution to scholarship. I think that students of contemporary French politics and sociology will find much to think about in this stimulating read.'
- West European Politics


Contents

Introduction; T.Chafer& E.Godin
SECTION I: THE FRENCH STATE
The French Exception: Rise and Fall of a Saint-Simonian Discourse; S.Collard
Reviving the French Exception? Sarkozy, Authoritarian Populism and the Bonapartist Tradition; N.Hewlett
Social Policy and the French 'Exceptional' Social Model; S.Milner
'L'exception Culturelle'; H.Dauncey
SECTION II: CONFLICTS AND POLARIZATION
The French Extreme Left and the Persistence of a Revolutionary Myth; D.Bell
French Euroscepticism and the Construction of National Exceptionalism; R.Harmsen
SECTION III: CITIZENSHIP AND THE REPUBLICAN MODEL
French Immigration Policy in Comparative Perspective; M.A.Schain
France, Islam and LaIcité: Colonial Exceptions, Contemporary Reinventions and European Convergence; N.Vince
From Private Lives to Intimate Revelations: Politicians and the Media in Contemporary France; R.Kuhn
SECTION IV: FRANCE AS A UNIVERSAL MODEL
France in Europe, Europe in France: The Politics of Exceptionalism and their Limits; H.Drake
Back to the Future? Franco-African Relations in the Shadow of France's Colonial Past; M.Majumdar& T.Chafer
SECTION V: THE FRENCH EXCEPTION SEEN FROM ABROAD
A View from the South: France in African Eyes: Universalism and Francophonie Reassessed; A.Gueye
SECTION VI: CONCLUSION: FRENCH EXCEPTIONALISM RECONSIDERED
French Exceptionalism and the Sarkozy Presidency; T.Chafer& E.Godin







Authors

TONY CHAFER is Professor of Contemporary French Area Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK. He is a founder member of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and has published widely on contemporary France and Franco-African relations in the late colonial and post-colonial era.

EMMANUEL GODIN is Principal Lecturer in French and European Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK. His current research interest is the extreme right in Europe.