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The End of the French Exception?

Decline and Revival of the ‘French Model’

  • Tony Chafer
  • Emmanuel Godin

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Tony Chafer, Emmanuel Godin
      Pages 1-16
  3. The French Exception: Rise and Fall of a Saint-Simonian Discourse

  4. The French State

  5. Conflicts and Polarisation

  6. Citizenship and the Republican Model

  7. France as a Universal Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
  8. The French Exception Seen from Abroad

  9. Conclusion: French Exceptionalism Reconsidered

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237

About this book


Analyzes the notion of the French exception and the ways in which it has informed both academic analysis and political commentary on France today. Adopting a comparative and interdisciplinary approach it examines the resilience of the notion of French exceptionalism and evaluates its relevance in a changing domestic and global context.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tony Chafer
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Godin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PortsmouthUK

About the editors

DAVID BELL School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds UK TONY CHAFER Professor of Contemporary French Area Studies and Director of the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth, UK SUE COLLARD Sussex European Institute, UK HUGH DAUNCEY Newcastle University. UK HELEN DRAKE Loughborough University, UK EMMANUEL GODIN University of Portsmouth, UK ABOULAYE GUEYE University of Ottawa, Canada ROBERT HARMSEN University of Luxembourg NICK HEWLETT University of Warwick, UK RAYMOND KUHN Queen Mary, University of London, UK MARGARET MAJUMDAR University of Portsmouth, UK SUSAN MILNER University of Bath, UK MARTIN SCHAIN New York University, USA NATALYA VINCE Queen Mary, University of London, UK

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'This is an extremely interesting book that makes an important contribution to scholarship. I think that students of contemporary French politics and sociology will find much to think about in this stimulating read.'

- West European Politics