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France After 2012
Edited by Gabriel Goodliffe and Riccardo Brizzi
226 pages, 9 illus., 13 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78238-548-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2015)
eISBN 978-1-78238-549-3 eBook
“[this] collection provides insightful analysis into the specifics of France’s 2012 elections and recent developments in the politics of the Fifth Republic.” · Choice
“…a work of seminal scholarship and very highly recommended for academic library International Studies collections in general, and 21st Century French Political History supplemental reading lists in particular.” · MBR Bookwatch
In May 2012, French voters rejected the liberalizing policies of Nicolas Sarkozy and elected his opponent, the Socialist François Hollande, president. In June 2012, the incumbent president’s center-right UMP party was swept out of government in the ensuing parliamentary elections, giving way to a new center-left majority in the National Assembly. This book analyzes the contexts and results of the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections in France. It assesses the legacies of the Sarkozy presidency that informed the 2012 electoral campaigns, scrutinizing his domestic social and economic policies on the one hand and European and foreign policies on the other. In turn, the elections’ outcomes are also analyzed from the standpoint of various political parties and other institutional interests in France, and the results are situated within the broader run of French political history. Finally, the book examines the principal challenges facing the Hollande administration and new government of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and assesses how effectively these have been met during their first year in office.
Gabriel Goodliffe teaches international relations and political economy at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Riccardo Brizzi teaches contemporary history in the Department of Political and Social Science at the University of Bologna.