7th Edition

The French Polity

ISBN 9780205600700
Published June 9, 2008 by Routledge
416 Pages

USD $125.00

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Book Description

Focusing on the interplay between individual and institutions, The French Polity is the most current and comprehensive text for introducing students to the changing and enduring characteristics of the French political scene. It combines historical perspective and contextual information on French society to clearly explain the evolution and health of this country, political institutions, process, and culture. Throughout, William Safran, a leading area studies expert, goes beyond description to offer original analyses of French politics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. France: The Historical and Constitutional Background  Chapter 2. The Economic and Social Context  Chapter 3. Political Attitudes Chapter 4. Political Parties and Elections  Chapter 5. Interest Groups  Chapter 6. Instruments and Patterns of Decision Making: The Executive. Chapter 7. Instruments and Patterns of Decision Making: The Parliament.  Chapter 8. The Administrative System. Chapter 9. Law, Justice, and Civil Liberties. Chapter 10. Political Changes and Public Policies.

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William Safran is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder.