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Cohabitation and Conflicting Politics in French Policymaking

Sébastien G. Lazardeux
Format
Book
Published
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Language
English
Series
French Politics, Society and Culture
French Politics, Society, and Culture Series
ISBN
9780230337107 (hardback), 0230337104 (hardback)
Summary
"The victory of the conservative coalition in the 1986 French parliamentary elections led the way to a sharing of executive powers between a conservative prime minister and socialist President Mitterrand. This situation of cohabitation led many to wonder if this experience would mark the end of the Fifth Republic. Yet cohabitation seemed to function, which reinforced the idea that the French institutions were efficient and adaptable to changing political situations. France would experience cohabitation on two other occasions (1993-1995 and 1997-2002), with seemingly the same effects.This study presents a radically different assessment of French cohabitations. Based on a theory that emphasizes the strategic aspects of law-making, and based on more than 40 years of law-making in France, it shows that cohabitation can lead to heightened partisan conflict and policy paralysis and discusses the conditions under which it is likely to do so. The findings cast doubt on the desirability of using the French institutional blueprint for new democracies in search of efficiency in producing political, economic and social reforms"--
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note
  • 1.Cohabitation and Policymaking in Semi-Presidential Systems2.Policymaking under Cohabitation3.Institutional Dynamics and Policymaking Efficiency4.Cohabitations and Policymaking Efficiency: An Empirical Test5.Cohabitation and Prime Ministerial Policymaking Strategies6.Conclusions.
Description
xi, 187 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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