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The Senate of the Fifth French Republic


Part of the French Politics, Society and Culture Series book series (FPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Paul Smith
      Pages 1-8
  3. The Senate in the Fifth Republic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Paul Smith
      Pages 37-55
    3. Paul Smith
      Pages 57-73
    4. Paul Smith
      Pages 75-92
  4. Senators and the Senate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Paul Smith
      Pages 95-122
    3. Paul Smith
      Pages 123-156
    4. Paul Smith
      Pages 157-189
    5. Paul Smith
      Pages 191-195
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-225

About this book


Paul Smith examines how the Senate has attempted, since 1958, to locate itself within the French (semi-) presidential system, how it asserts its place in relation to the President, Government and National Assembly and how it has sought, in recent years, to develop an autonomous and particular sense of identity.


Bicameralism Charles de Gaulle culture French government identity NATO parliament political culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of NottinghamUK

About the authors

PAUL SMITH is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the author of Feminism and the Third Republic and A History of the French Senate.

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