Political Leadership in France: From Charles de Gaulle to Nicolas Sarkozy

Paperback | April 15, 2012

byJohn Gaffney

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Gaffney analyzes how de Gaulle came to power in 1958 and how the focus on an exceptional individual meant that he was able to confer a particular style of leadership on the Fifth Republic. The five Presidents who came after him have each capitalized on their own political 'persona.' Including a new preface to the paperback edition.

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Gaffney analyzes how de Gaulle came to power in 1958 and how the focus on an exceptional individual meant that he was able to confer a particular style of leadership on the Fifth Republic. The five Presidents who came after him have each capitalized on their own political 'persona.' Including a new preface to the paperback edition.

JOHN GAFFNEY Professor of Politics at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. 

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.52 × 5.6 × 0.65 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230360378

ISBN - 13:9780230360372

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition 1958: The Gaullist Settlement and French Politics 1958-1968: The Consolidation and Evolution of the Fifth Republic1968 and its Aftermath 1969-1974: Gaullism Without de Gaulle1974-1981: The Giscard Years1981-1988: From the République Sociale to the République Française1988-2002: The Long Decade of Vindictiveness, Miscalculations, Defeat, Farce, Good Luck, Good Government, and CatastropheThe Presidential Election of 2007Conclusion

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The book is written in a very engaging way and students of French politics will certainly find that it summarises extremely well some of the key developments in the Fifth Republic.' - West European Politics