2nd Edition

Contemporary France Politics and Society since 1945

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    Many recent studies of French politics have tended to concentrate on the French political system in isolation. Contemporary France aims to set the working of the French political system into its historical, social and economic context. The first section gives a succinct description of the main developments since 1944 in all major contexts - economy, society, domestic politics and foreign relations. The authors then analyse the economic, social and cultural structures of present-day France, and discuss the institutional framework of decision-making and the major political forces involved in it. There are also chapters on French external and defence policy and on the education system, all of which are set in the context of the political system as a whole. Aimed primarily at students of European history and politics or of French society and culture, the book assumes little knowledge in the social sciences and will be readily accessible to beginners in this field.

    1 The French experience since 1944 2 The structures of contemporary France 3 The political framework 4 Political forces 5 External relations 6 The education system


    D.L. Hanley, A.P. Kerr, N.H. Waites

    `A mine of information.' - Peter Morris, British Book News

    `... a mine of information and intelligent comment ... a lucid and stimulating introduction to contemporary French politics and society.' - Modern and Contemporary France