© 2004

Parties and the Party System in France

A Disconnected Democracy?


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Andrew Knapp
    Pages 1-33
  3. Andrew Knapp
    Pages 34-59
  4. Andrew Knapp
    Pages 93-119
  5. Andrew Knapp
    Pages 179-198
  6. Andrew Knapp
    Pages 338-378
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 380-423

About this book


The French elections of 2002 broke all records for fragmentation, abstention and far-right protest voting, yet returned incumbent President Chirac in triumph and gave him a solid basis of parliamentary support. Parties and the Party System in France seeks to explain the paradox of France's current relationship to politics through a comprehensive analysis of French political parties and their interaction over the last fifty years, set against the two contexts of French history and of contemporary theories of parties and party systems.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of French StudiesThe University of ReadingUK

About the authors

ANDREW KNAPP is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Reading, UK. He is the author of Le Gaullisme Après de Gaulle (1996), and co-author of Government and Politics in Western Europe (third edition, with Yves Mény) and of The Government and Politics of France (fourth edition, with Vincent Wright).

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