Focusing on the interplay between individual and institutions, The French Polity is the most current and comprehensive text for introducing students to the changing and enduring characteristics of the French political scene. It combines historical perspective and contextual information on French society to clearly explain the evolution and health of this country, political institutions, process, and culture. Throughout, William Safran, a leading area studies expert, goes beyond description to offer original analyses of French politics.
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William Safran is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Chapter 1. France: The Historical and Constitutional Background Chapter 2. The Economic and Social Context Chapter 3. Political Attitudes Chapter 4. Political Parties and Elections Chapter 5. Interest Groups Chapter 6. Instruments and Patterns of Decision Making: The Executive. Chapter 7. Instruments and Patterns of Decision Making: The Parliament.Chapter 8. The Administrative System. Chapter 9. Law, Justice, and Civil Liberties. Chapter 10. Political Changes and Public Policies.