This scholarly work examines how key actors within French politics and society have related to the challenges and opportunities posed by the European Union, and how these relations have driven or hindered change in France.
The collection invites the reader to explore below the surface image of a France troubled by its relations with the EU in the post-Cold War era, and see the dynamics of change in empirical detail. Each chapter offers insights into specific aspects of the France-EU relationship, including:
1. Perspectives on French Relations with the European Union: an Introduction 2. How French Policy Makers See Themselves 3. French Euroscepticism and the Politics of Indifference 4. Maastricht, Amsterdam and Beyond: The Troubled Evolution of the French Right 5. The Conseil d'État and Europe: Adapting the French Administrative State 6. Protection, Reform and Political Will: France and the European Social Model 7. The French Press and the European Union: the Challenge of Community News 8. La Vie Associative and the State: Unequal Partners in the French Debate on Europe 9. Towards a New French Strategy for Europe? Concluding Remarks
This series explores the complex relationship between nation-states and European integration and the political, social, economic and policy implications of this interaction. The series examines issues such as: