French Relations with the European Union

Edited by Helen Drake

© 2004 – Routledge

208 pages

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Hardback: 9780415305761
pub: 2005-04-14
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About the Book

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:

  • the characteristics of Euroscepticism à la française amongst the electorate and political parties
  • the dynamics of change in the political, media and legal establishments in their dealings with the EU
  • the priorities for labour, business and la vie associative in their relations with French decision-makers regarding the EU.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

Helen Drake is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, International Relations and European Studies. Her research and teaching interests are in French politics, language and society, and European integration. She is also the author of Jacques Delors: Perspectives on a European Leader (Routledge).

About the Series

Europe and the Nation State

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:

  • the impact of the EU on the politics and policy-making of the nation-state and vice-versa
  • the effects of expansion of the EU on individual nation states in Europe
  • the relationship between the EU and non-European nation states.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General