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Politics as normal? The 2012 French Presidential Election

Cole, Alistair Mark 2013. Politics as normal? The 2012 French Presidential Election. Parliamentary Affairs 66 (1) , pp. 17-32. 10.1093/pa/gss067

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This article proposes a framework based on three levels of analysis for understanding the 2012 presidential election: the institutional, the partisan and the situational. The 2012 election confirmed the bipolar institutional incentives that structure political competition in the Fifth Republic. The partisan dimension, however, was more fluid than this bipolar reading would lead one to expect. The situational dimensional was highly relevant in terms of the overarching crisis and the loss of trust in Nicolas Sarkozy. The poor quality of fit between underlying partisan choice and political representation does not augur well for a broad-based response to the crisis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC France
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0031-2290
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 01:55

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