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Crowing Jupiter: the 2017 French Electoral Series in perspective

Cole, Alistair 2018. Crowing Jupiter: the 2017 French Electoral Series in perspective. Parliamentary Affairs 71 (3) , pp. 501-520. 10.1093/pa/gsx039
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This article discusses the 2017 elections in the context of a framework of analysis based on three levels of analysis: the institutional, the partisan and the situational. The framework used not only elucidates the extraordinary campaign and results, but places them in a diachronic perspective in order to assess the claim that the 2017 electoral series marked a partisan realignment. The 2017 campaign rewrote almost all of the rules associated with the presidential election. For the first time in the Fifth Republic, the incumbent president decided not to stand for re-election, signifying a state of institutional disarray. Moreover, neither of the candidates representing the traditional governing parties, the Republicans or the Socialists, won through to the second round, which saw centrist Emmanuel Macron comfortably elected against the National Front’s Marine Le Pen. Following in the wake of Macron’s presidential victory, the 2017 parliamentary election conferred upon the Jupiterean President the overall parliamentary majority he had called for. If the presidency has escaped its worst-case scenario, and if Macron’s election provides a window of opportunity to revive the presidency, the question of political and institutional trust is far from resolved.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN: 0031-2290
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 30 October 2017
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 15:11

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