The Senate of the Fifth French Republic

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

byPaul Smith

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Paul Smith examines how the Senate has attempted (since 1958) to locate itself within the French (semi-) presidential system, how it asserts its place in relation to President, Government and National Assembly and how it has sought, in recent years, to develop an autonomous and particular sense of identity through its special relationship with the fundamental building block of French political culture -- local government -- by placing itself at the heart of the continuing debate over decentralization and the Jacobin state.

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Paul Smith examines how the Senate has attempted (since 1958) to locate itself within the French (semi-) presidential system, how it asserts its place in relation to President, Government and National Assembly and how it has sought, in recent years, to develop an autonomous and particular sense of identity through its special relations...

PAUL SMITH is Associate Professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Nottingham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.87 × 5.63 × 0.76 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230008119

ISBN - 13:9780230008113

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Table of Contents

Introduction * PART ONE * Casting the Mould * De Gaulle and the Senate * A More or Less Significant Other * A Dysfunctional Anomaly * PART TWO * Departments, Seats and Colleges * 'L'élu des Élus': Becoming a Senator * 'Une Courtoisie Meurtrière': Being a Senator * Political Balance in the Senate * 'Une Chambre de la Décentralisation ?' * Conclusion - the Senate Beyond 2008