- 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
Republicanism, républicanisme: these apparently similar concepts hide substantial divergences on both sides of the Atlantic. While in the Anglo-American world the debate focuses on the historical tradition of liberty that republicanism is supposed to express best, the French historiography and the political discussion about republican values and myths tend to consider equality as the pivotal theme. This divergence has to do with the nature and development of the English, American, and French revolutions. While the conversation about the meaning and the implications of the concepts give rise to passionate debates among both scholars and policymakers, the exchanges between the two are quite scarce. In France, the republican ideal/ideology has had an overwhelming influence. Since the nineteenth century it has permeated all dimensions of public debate and the development of public institutions and policies. It is also an instrument for the exclusion of groups, parties, and movements that do not fully share this vision.
Yves Mény, Emeritus President of the European University Institute (2002–9), is currently the chair of the board of the Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies in Pisa. His academic career includes positions in Rennes, Paris II, Sciences Po, and the European University Institute. He has taught in many American and European universities and is an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published extensively in the fields of French and comparative politics, public policies, and administration. His recentpublications have focused on corruption and populism, dealing with European integration, in particular the democratic deficit question and the tensions between EU policies and national politics.
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