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Author Gaffney, John, 1950-

Title Political leadership in France : from Charles de Gaulle to Nicholas Sarkozy / John Gaffney
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 258 pages)
Series French politics, society and culture series
French politics, society, and culture series.
Contents 1958: the Gaullist settlement and French politics -- 1958-68: the consolidation and evolution of the fifth republic -- 1968 and its aftermath -- 1969-74: Gaullism without de Gaulle -- 1974-81: the Giscard years -- 1981-88: from the République Sociale to the République Française -- 1988-2002: the long decade of vindictiveness, miscalculations, defeat, farce, good luck, good government, and catastrophe. The presidency right or wrong -- The presidential election of 2007. Ségolène Royal ; Nicolas Sarkozy
Summary Political Leadership in France analyzes changes which have taken place over the last 50 years in French politics. When Charles de Gaulle came to power in 1958 the drama surrounding the Fourth Republic's collapse and the focus on an exceptional individual meant that he was able to confer a very particular style of leadership on the new Fifth Republic. De Gaulle's 'performance' was such that he transformed the nature of leadership politics in France, increasing the scope for personal leadership and the emphasis upon the exalted leader. This had major implications for the republic's institutions and for the role of political parties. The five Presidents who came after him; Pompidou, Giscard, Mitterrand, Chirac, and Sarkozy, as well as contenders for the presidency such as Segolene Royal, have each capitalized upon their own political 'persona' and their relationship to the French people. Gaffney takes a new approach to the subject, looking at the mythological and cultural as well as institutional conditions of political performance
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Political leadership -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Political leadership -- France -- History -- 21st century.
Presidents -- France -- Elections -- History -- 20th century.
Presidents -- France -- Elections -- History -- 21st century.
Presidents -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Presidents -- France -- History -- 21st century.
France -- Politics and government -- 1958-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0230274781 (electronic bk.)
9780230274785 (electronic bk.)