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Political Leadership in France
From Charles de Gaulle to Nicolas Sarkozy
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
09 Apr 2010
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£69.00
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9780230001817
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29 Feb 2012
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£21.99
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9780230360372
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Political Leadership in France analyzes changes which have taken place over the last 50 years in French politics. When Charles de Gaulle came to power in 1958 the drama surrounding the Fourth Republic's collapse and the focus on an exceptional individual meant that he was able to confer a very particular style of leadership on the new Fifth Republic. De Gaulle's 'performance' was such that he transformed the nature of leadership politics in France, increasing the scope for personal leadership and the emphasis upon the exalted leader. This had major implications for the republic's institutions and for the role of political parties. The five Presidents who came after him – Pompidou, Giscard, Mitterrand, Chirac, and Sarkozy, as well as contenders for the presidency such as Segolene Royal and François Hollande – have each capitalized upon their own political 'persona' and their relationship to the French people. Gaffney takes a new approach to the subject, looking at the mythological and cultural as well as institutional conditions of political performance. This paperback edition includes a new preface.


Description

Political Leadership in France analyzes changes which have taken place over the last 50 years in French politics. When Charles de Gaulle came to power in 1958 the drama surrounding the Fourth Republic's collapse and the focus on an exceptional individual meant that he was able to confer a very particular style of leadership on the new Fifth Republic. De Gaulle's 'performance' was such that he transformed the nature of leadership politics in France, increasing the scope for personal leadership and the emphasis upon the exalted leader. This had major implications for the republic's institutions and for the role of political parties. The five Presidents who came after him – Pompidou, Giscard, Mitterrand, Chirac, and Sarkozy, as well as contenders for the presidency such as Segolene Royal and François Hollande – have each capitalized upon their own political 'persona' and their relationship to the French people. Gaffney takes a new approach to the subject, looking at the mythological and cultural as well as institutional conditions of political performance. This paperback edition includes a new preface.


Reviews

The book is written in a very engaging way and students of French politics will certainly find that it summarises extremely well some of the key developments in the Fifth Republic.'
- West European Politics


Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
1958: The Gaullist Settlement and French Politics
1958-1968: The Consolidation and Evolution of the Fifth Republic
1968 and its Aftermath
1969-1974: Gaullism Without de Gaulle
1974-1981: The Giscard Years
1981-1988: From the République Sociale to the République Française
1988-2002: The Long Decade of Vindictiveness, Miscalculations, Defeat, Farce, Good Luck, Good Government, and Catastrophe
The Presidential Election of 2007
Conclusion


Authors

JOHN GAFFNEY Professor of Politics at Aston University, Birmingham, UK.