The 2012 French Presidential Elections. The Inevitable Alternation

_ By Jocelyn Evans and Gilles Ivaldi

Series: French Politics, Society and Culture

Palgrave Macmillan, 21 Nov 2013

Price: £65.00


ISBN 9781137011633

224 pages

 Description on publisher’s website:

The 2012 French Presidential elections marked a watershed moment for the French Left, marking their return to a full term of executive power for the first time since 1981. From early in the campaign, the victory of François Hollande appeared inevitable, given the unpopularity of the Right-wing incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the economic crisis afflicting France.

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the lead-up to the Presidential elections, including the political landscape, the candidate selection and the campaign. It looks at how each of the ten candidates set out their policy alternatives, and how the Right in particular failed to present the united front necessary to defeat a coherent Left challenge. It also examines the events and outcomes of the subsequent legislative elections, to understand whether these constituency elections now represent anything more than an early plebiscite for the newly elected president.

Table of contents

1. Introduction
2. Knowns and unknowns: identifying the critical spaces of the 2012 elections
3. Party cooperation and conflict: actors’ competitive positioning
4. Candidate selection processes and effects
5. Issues, policy debates and candidate valence
6. Campaign events
7. Polls and VP-functions: forecasting the elections
8. The legislative elections of June 2012
9. Conclusion