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Cleavage, Aggregation, and Change in French Politics


French politics have been undergoing a process of restructuring since the coming of the Fifth Republic in 1958. This process, like any process of political change, has been a complex one involving many factors and variables. The most obvious of these factors has been the one most commented upon by journalists and contemporary historians – the influence of General de Gaulle and his policies (the new constitution, foreign policy, etc.). What is only beginning to emerge from the academic debate is the relationship between Gaullist politics and the other variables.

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Stanley Hoffmann , ‘Paradoxes of the French Political Community’, in Hoffmann , , In Search of France (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1963).

F. Ridley and J. Blondel , Public Administration in France (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1969)

M. Anderson , Government in France: An Introduction to the Executive Power (Oxford: Pergamon, 1970)

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British Journal of Political Science
  • ISSN: 0007-1234
  • EISSN: 1469-2112
  • URL: /core/journals/british-journal-of-political-science
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