Gilles Ivaldi

img_1817_carre_small-2.jpgGilles Ivaldi is a CNRS Researcher, section 40 “Sociology- Political Sciences- Law” for the Human and Social Sciences Department (SHS).

Current research

Gilles Ivaldi is a researcher in political science with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France, currently at URMIS-University of Nice. His main fields of research include French politics, elections, party system change and the study of radical right parties in France and Europe. As part of several comparative projects, his current research explores the strategic and ideological transformation of the French populist radical right and its impact on the domestic party system, as well as the development of new left-wing populist parties in Western Europe. His research interests include also Euroscepticism and the politics of globalization, as core features of the populist right and the populist left.

His previous research has examined immigration as a social and political issue, in particular in the programmatic supply and discourse of the pan-European populist radical right. Part of his research has also focused on electoral forecasting, with a specific application to the case of the French FN and other populist radical right parties.

Gilles Ivaldi is the author of Droites Populistes et Extrêmes en Europe occidentale (Paris: La Documentation française, 2004) and The 2012 French Presidential Elections. The Inevitable Alternation, Palgrave MacMillan, with Jocelyn Evans. His previous research has appeared in journals such as Electoral Studies, the International Journal of Forecasting, Revue Européenne des Sciences Sociales, French Politics, Revue Française de Science Politique or Political Research Quarterly.


 Immigration policies in Europe, Master 2 “Migrations, cities, social dynamics”, Nice Sophia-Antipolis University

 Populist parties in Western Europe, Master 2 “Migrations, cities, social dynamics”, Nice Sophia-Antipolis University

 Electoral sociology, Master 2 “Governance, public careers and political jobs”, Nice Sophia-Antipolis University (2007-2009)

 Applied statistics, Mediterranean Middle East first and second year, Sciences-Po Paris (2005-2010)

 Introduction to the study of political institutions, Mediterranean Middle East first and second year, Sciences-Po Paris (2006-2009)

Recent publications

The 2012 French Presidential ElectionsThe 2012 French Presidential Elections, Palgrave MacMillan, French Politics, Society and Culture Series.

with Lanzone (Maria Elisabetta ), 2015, “From Jean-Marie to Marine Le Pen: organizational change and adaptation in the French Front National” in Reinhard Heinisch and Oscar Mazzoleni (eds) Understanding populist party organization: a comparative analysis, Palgrave, forthcoming

2015, “Towards the median economic crisis voter? The new leftist economic agenda of the Front National in France”, French Politics, Special Issue, forthcoming

2015, “A new course for the French radical-right? The Front National and de-demonization” in Tjitske Akkerman, Sarah de Lange and Matthijs Rooduijn (eds) Up to the mainstream? Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties in the New Millennium, Routledge, forthcoming

2015, “The Front National and the politics of Euroscepticism in France”, in Birte Wassenberg and Patrick Moreau (eds.), The 2014 European Elections: the rise of anti-Europeanism? Franz Steiner Verlag, forthcoming

with Gombin (Joël), 2015, “The Front National and the new politics of the rural in France” chapter on the agrarian roots of the FN, in Gerrit Voerman (ed.), Agrarian Parties in Europe Wageningen Academic Publishers, forthcoming

2015, ” Du néolibéralisme au social-populisme ? La transformation du programme économique du Front national (1986-2012) “ in Sylvain Crépon, Alexandre Dézé, Nonna Mayer, Le Front National: un parti en Transition, Presses de Sciences Po, à  paraitre

2015, ” L’Europe face aux droites radicales populistes : positions partisanes et demandes électorales “, Working Paper, 5 juin (

with Zaslove (Andrej), 2015, ” L’Europe des populismes : confluences et diversité “ Revue Européenne des Sciences Sociales, 53(1/2), juin, pp.121-155

2014, ” Euroscepticisme, populisme, droites radicales : état des forces et enjeux européens “, L’Europe en formation, CIFE, 2014/3, n 373, pp.7-28 (

2014, ” Réflexions sur la poussée des droites radicales populistes européennes “, Revue Politique et Parlementaire, n 1071-1072, avril-septembre, pp.125-140

with Evans (Jocelyn) 2013, The 2012 French presidential elections, Palgrave MacMillan, French Politics, Society and Culture Series

2013, ” Vers un nouveau chauvinisme du welfare ? La transformation du programme économique du Front national (1984-2012) “, papier présenté à  la Section Thématique 27 ” Le ‘nouveau’ Front national en question “, Congrès de l’AFSP, Paris, 9-11 juillet

2012, “The Populist Radical Right in European Elections: 1979-2009” in Backes (Uwe), Moreau (Patrick) (eds.), The Extreme Right in Europe: Current Trends and Perspectives, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism, pp.15-34

with Evans (Jocelyn) 2012, “Explanatory heterogeneity in European turnout forecasting (1979-2009)”, Political Research Quarterly, Vol.65, Issue 4, December, pp.855-867

2012, ” Front national : une élection présidentielle de reconquête “, Revue Politique et Parlementaire, n 1063-1064, avril-septembre, pp.101-119

with Evans (Jocelyn) 2012, “Forecasting the FN presidential vote in 2012”, French Politics, 10(4): 378-382

2012, ” Permanences et évolutions de l’idéologie frontiste “ in Delwit (Pascal) (sous la dir. de), Le Front national. Mutations de l’extrême droite française, Bruxelles, Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, pp.95-112.

2011, “Le Front national: sortir de l’isolement politique”, in Bréchon (Pierre) (sous la dir. de), Les partis politiques français, Paris : La documentation française, pp.17-44

2011, “Evaluating the populist challenge: partisanship and the making of immigration policy in France (1974-2011)”, Paper prepared for the Mini-symposium on ‘New right populist parties and their impact on European parties and party systems’, Council for European Studies (CES) conference, Barcelona, June 21-23

2010, ‘Down South, up North: party strategy and performances of the Extreme Right in municipal office in France’, paper delivered to the Workshop on ‘Populists and Public Office’, ECPR Joint Sessions, University of Mà¼nster, 22-27 March

with Evans (Jocelyn) 2010, ‘Comparing forecast models of Radical Right voting in Four European Countries (1973-2008)’, International Journal of Forecasting, Volume 26, Issue 1, January-March, pp.82-97

2008, ‘Inequality, Identity and the People: New Patterns of Right-Wing Competition and Sarkozy’s ‘Winning Formula’ in the 2007 French Presidential Election’, Paper delivered to the panel ‘Old Concepts, New Puzzles: Competing with the radical right in Europe’, American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Categories and the Politics of Global Inequalities, Boston, Massachusetts, 28-31 August

with Evans (Jocelyn) 2008, ‘Forecasting the Extreme Right Vote in France (1984-2007)’, French Politics, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.137-151.

2007, ” Presidential Strategies, Models of Leadership and the Development of Parties in a Candidate-Centred Polity: The 2007 UMP and PS Presidential Nomination Campaigns “, French Politics, Volume 5, Issue 3, September, pp. 253-277

2007, ” The Front national vis-à -vis power in France: factors of political isolation and performance assessment of the Extreme Right in municipal office “ in Delwit (Pascal), Poirier (Philippe) (eds.), Extrême droite et pouvoir en Europe / The extreme right parties and power in Europe, Bruxelles, Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, pp.167-186

2006, ” Beyond France’s 2005 Referendum on the European Constitutional Treaty : Second-Order Model, Anti-Establishment Attitudes and the End of the Alternative European Utopia “, West European Politics, Vol. 29, n 1, January, pp.47-69

with Swyngedouw (Marc), 2006, ” Rechtsextremismus in populistischer Gestalt. Front National und Vlaams Blok “ in Decker (Frank) (Hrsg.), Populismus. Gefahr fà¼r die Demokratie oder nà¼tzliches Korrektiv?, Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag fà¼r Sozialwissenschaften / GWV Fachverlage GmbH, pp.121-143

2005, ” à€ propos du succès des droites populistes et extrêmes en Europe : éléments pour une analyse systémique “, Politeia, ” Souverainisme, nationalisme, Régionalisme (2), n 7, printemps, pp.293-306

with Evans (Jocelyn A.J.), 2005, ” An extremist autarky: the systemic separation of the French Extreme Right “, Southern European Society and Politics, Special Issue: The South European Right in the 21st Century: Italy, France and Spain, Vol.10, n 2, July, pp.351-366


2004, Droites populistes et extrêmes en Europe occidentale, La Documentation française, Collection ” Les Etudes “. Présentation de l’ouvrage

2003, ” The Front National split: party system change and electoral prospects “, in Evans (Jocelyn A.J.) (dir.), The French Party System: Continuity and Change, Manchester University Press

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