Party Politics in France
This chapter is concerned with the aspects of French politics that are most immediately and obviously visible to the observer, whether that observer is French, or an outsider. It is in the act of voting that citizens in democratic countries are most conscious of their role as individuals in political life. France’s ‘rapid fire electoral cycle’ (Szarka, 2000, p. 23) has the consequence that French political life can seem to exist in a state of permanent campaigning, and indeed there are few years when an election is neither forthcoming, and the subject of debate and campaigning, nor just completed and hence the subject of analysis and associated triumph and recrimination.
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