Degaulle to Mitterrand: President Power in France

Degaulle to Mitterrand: President Power in France

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Overview

It is generally agreed that the new-style presidency is the key institution of the French Fifth Republic in that it helps to ensure the stability and effectiveness of the political system—something that France has been seeking since the Revolution of 1789.

Yet, paradoxically, no comprehensive study of the French presidential phenomenon exists. The accumulated experience of 1959-1991, extending over the terms of de Gaulle, Pompidou, Giscard d'Estaing, and Mitterrand, begs a comparative study of their institutional and personal roles in the political process.

Among the subjects here considered are: the pre-1958 presidency and the ways in which practice has diverged from constitutional provisions; the president's relations with his staff; the prime minister and government; the political parties; parliament; and the role of the mass media. Finally, the president's special role in foreign and defense policy, as well as his personal projects, are examined.

Contributing to the volume are: J. E. S. Hayward, Martin Harrison (University of Keele), Anne Stevens (University of Kent), Jolyon Howarth (University of Bath), Vincent Wright (Nuffield College, Oxford), Jean-Luc Parodi, and Howard Machin (London School of Economics).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814733561
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 06/01/1993
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

J. E. S. Hayward is Professor of Politics at the University of Hull and the author of several books, including After the French Revolution: Six Critics of Democracy and Nationalism, also published by New York University Press.

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