France On The World Stage: Nation-State Strategies in the Global Era

Hardcover | June 15, 2008

EditorMairi Maclean, Joseph Szarka

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This book examines the ways in which France's relations with the international community have evolved in a period of accelerating globalization. It considers the role of the nation state, and its capacity for political initiative, examining French strategies to reinforce French influence on the world stage. It questions whether an intermediary country like France can continue to "punch above its weight," and analyzes the sources of international leadership, cultural innovation and partnership-building in a world increasingly dominated by one superpower.

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This book examines the ways in which France's relations with the international community have evolved in a period of accelerating globalization. It considers the role of the nation state, and its capacity for political initiative, examining French strategies to reinforce French influence on the world stage. It questions whether an inte...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.65 × 5.65 × 0.78 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230521266

ISBN - 13:9780230521261

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Globalization and the Nation State: French Ambitions, Path Dependencies and Conceptual Lenses--M.Maclean & J.Szarka * PART 1: FRENCH POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBALIZATION * The Burdensome Heritage of Prestige Politics--A.Sonntag * Globalization and the Specificity of the French Republic--G.Raymond * Pushing Back and Reaching Out: French Television in the Global Era--R.Kuhn * J'aime l'Europe: Je Vote Non. The "No" Discourse on the Referendum on the European Constitutional Treaty--L.Binet * The French Rejection of the 2005 EU Constitution in a Global Context: A Public Opinion Perspective--N.Startin * PART 2: FRANCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS * France, Germany and Leaderless Europe--A.Cole * The Europeanization of French Foreign policy? France in East Asia--R.Wong * French-American Relations after Iraq: How to Re-define the Relationship--G.Parmentier * France and Africa: From Confidence to Confusion--T.Chafer * Facing the Climate Challenge: International Negotiations, Energy Policy and French Policy Style--J.Szarka * PART 3: FRANCE AND ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION * The Eager or Reluctant Liberalisers?: France, the EU and the WTO--D.Howarth * French Corporate Governance and the New Global Economy--M.Maclean * Renewing French Industrial Policy: Old Recipes or Forward-looking Strategies?'--J-M.Trouille & H.Uterwedde

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"[T]his volume offers a very useful background and conceptual framework for understanding current French politics... It offers different approaches tackling political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, and environmental issues. Consequently, it addresses a wide range of scholars and post-graduates interested in the evolution of France in the twenty-first century." - Basil Germond, University of St Andrews, UK