Network member Sophie Meunier (Princeton) has let us know about the appearance of her new edited volume with Alistair Cole (Cardiff) and Vincent Tiberj (Sciences Po, Paris), entitled Developments in French Politics 5, recently out from Palgrave Macmillan. Further details, including the table of contents, can be found on the publisher's page here, and a description is immediately below.
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Developments in French Politics 5 analyzes the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy and recent developments in French politics. It provides a systematic assessment of French politics from the 2007 presidential election of the conservative Sarkozy to the 2012 election of socialist Francois Hollande. Bringing together an entirely new set of specifically-commissioned chapters, the volume asks whether the discourse of reform initiated by Sarkozy has been translated into tangible change in French politics and society--from the media to foreign policy, institutional reforms to the politics of identity. The volume addresses two central questions in particular: 1) is there still a “French exception”, a uniquely French path to identity and globalization – if there ever was one?, and 2) do the presidencies of Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande represent mostly rupture or continuity with French political and cultural traditions?