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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College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
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: France,departmental elections,French elections,National Front (FN),voting system,political parties,Geography, Planning and Development,Political Science and International Relations
Publication ISSN: 1743-9434
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 08:16
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 10:25
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-06-01
Published Online Date: 2016-03-14
Accepted Date: 2016-03-12
Authors: Shields, James



Version: Accepted Version

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