Departmental elections and the changing landscape of French politics


The departmental elections of March 2015 redrew the French political landscape, setting the new terms of electoral competition in advance of the regional elections of December 2015 and, more critically, the presidential election of April–May 2017. These elections saw the far-right National Front (FN) come top in both rounds only to be outmanoeuvred by the mainstream parties and prevented from winning a single department. As a case study in vote–seat distortion, the elections highlighted a voting system effective in keeping the FN out of executive power but deficient in terms of democratic representation and inadequate as a response to the new tripartite realities of France's changing political landscape.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > French
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
Languages & Social Sciences
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional & Federal Studies on 14/3/16, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geography, Planning and Development,Political Science and International Relations
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 66.2016.1160224
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-03-14
Published Online Date: 2016-03-14
Accepted Date: 2016-03-12
Authors: Shields, James



Version: Accepted Version

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