– Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-68327-0
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-68326-3
Number of Pages: XVI, 282
Provides the first English-language study of one of the most notable French presidential elections of recent times
Includes a systematic analysis of French presidential and legislative election outcomes since the early 1980s
Combines qualitative and quantitative methods in its analysis
About this book: â€‹Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the 2017 presidential elections represents one of the most important disruptions to French political life since the establishment of the Fifth Republic. This book analyses the political opportunities enabling a neophyte to conquer the Elysée, and the conditions leading to the unprecedented presidential runoff between this centrist EU enthusiast and pro-globalization candidate and the nationalistic/populist alternative embodied by Marine Le Pen. The book begins by considering trends in party competition and presidentialism in modern France, notably presidential primaries and their impact on party competition. It then moves to considering the role traditional explanatory factors in elections, namely policies and voter profiles, played in the result. Finally, it examines the dynamics of President Macron’s success in the legislatives, and how he dominated the traditional party blocs. This book will appeal to students of French politics as well as those interested in electoral behaviour and European political systems.
About the authors:
Jocelyn Evans is Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds, UK. He has written widely on aspects of voting behaviour and political parties in France, the UK and comparatively. He served as editor of Parliamentary Affairs between 2005 and 2011. He has held visiting research positions at the ZA-Eurolab in Cologne, Germany, and the CIDSP, Grenoble, France.
Gilles Ivaldi is Researcher in Political Science with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at URMIS-University of Nice, France. His main fields of research include French politics, elections, and the comparative study of populist parties, left and right. He has published extensively on those areas of research in academic journals.