- The Oxford Handbook of French Politics
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Abbreviations
- Notes on Contributors
- A Framework for a Comparative Politics of France
- Republicanism: a transatlantic misunderstanding
- The State Imperative
- The French Welfare System
- Identity, Culture, and Politics: the other and the self in France
- The French Way to Multi-Level Governance: governance with government
- The Europeanization of Public Policy in France: actor-centered approaches
- Globalization: French ambivalence as a critical case
- Executive Politics in France: from leader to laggard?
- Legislative Politics: going international, while staying native
- Constitutional Politics: the French case and theory-building
- Challenges to French Public Administration: mapping the vitality of its knowledge sources
- Regional and Local Government: interpreting territorial politics
- Political Representation: bringing elections back in
- How to Study Political Culture Without Naming It
- Explaining French Elections: the need to meet in the middle
- Parties and Party Systems: making the French sociocultural approach matter
- Political Communication: from international institutionalization to national conquest of scientific legitimacy
- Interest Groups: moving beyond state-centric models
- The Study of Social Movements in France: the “French touch” and a comparative contribution
- Women’s Movements and Feminism: French political sociology meets a comparative feminist approach
- National Identity in France: a blind spot
- French Economic Policy: theory development and the three “I”s
- Environmental and Energy Policy in France: a critical case for comparative political research?
- Gender Policy Studies: distinct, but making the comparative connection
- France and the Evolution of European Integration: the exemplary and pivotal case for broader theories
- Varieties of Capitalism: a distinctly French model?
- Defense and Security Policy: beyond French exceptionalism
- French Aid Through the Comparative Looking Glass: a representative, deviant, or agenda-setting case?
- Toward a Comparative Politics of France
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter provides a panorama of the community of scholars in France who work on political communication broadly understood and situates that body of work in the fundamentally interdisciplinary international field of political communication. The study of political communication in France, largely conducted by political scientists, has had to struggle to have its scientific credibility acknowledged both inside and outside France, arguably more so than other disciplines. While the scientific community, dominated by US-based scholars and often using the electoral persuasion paradigm, has become increasingly institutionalized at the international level, French scholars have been quite resistant to this international work. Recently, the electoral persuasion paradigm has been embraced to a certain degree and the emerging French research agenda includes experimental approaches, some critical sociology, and, as with all countries, a focus on new media. There has been little evidence of the ‘French touch,’ however, in the international political communication community.
Jacques Gerstlé is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Political Science at l’Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, where for more than ten years he headed the Masters in Political and Social Communication. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications on political communication, such as 2012, La campagne présidentielle, La communication politique, Les effets d’information en politique, Mediated Politics in Two Cultures, and Le langage des socialistes, Giscard d’Estaing/Mitterrand: 54774 mots pour convaincre. He reported on French electoral campaigns from 1972 to 2007 in the Chroniques Electorales of the Presses de Sciences Po. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Revue française de science politique, Politix, Revue française de sociologie, and pouvoirs.
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