Post-democracy and institutionalized austerity in France:budgetary politics during François Hollande’s presidency


This paper applies the concept of post-democracy coined by Crouch to shed light on the emerging political dynamics of macro-economic policy coordination in the Eurozone as they applied to France during Hollande’s presidency. Firstly, the paper explains the nature of EMU reform, characterized here as post-democratic by institutional design, before analysing its impact on France’s budgetary politics. Finally, the French case involving Hollande’s balancing act between supranational rules and domestic spending preferences is used as a way to reflect on the stability of this post-democratic arrangement for rescuing the Euro. The 2017 presidential election pitting Macron against Le Pen showed that post-democracy by design is sustainable only if the supply side of politics remains supportive of EMU – a condition undermined by the institutionalization of austerity, at least in France.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
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 > Politics, History and International Relations
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Post-democracy,EMU reform,Hollande,budgetary politics,France
Publication ISSN: 1476-3427
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 07:36
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 11:00
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-06-01
Published Online Date: 2018-02-06
Accepted Date: 2017-12-06
Authors: Glencross, Andrew (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8320-9181)



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