Politics in Gaullist France: Coping with Chaos

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conditions they had to put up with. The spread of big commercial chains and shopping centers was only barely slowed down. Family farms continued to disappear at amazing rates.

In sum, the concentration of political power did facilitate the easing of many long-standing social, economic, and political problems. Others, however, were left on the back burner. Also, as we are about to see, when coupled with the centralization and alienation that remained from the traditional syndrome, those problems made the inequalities even more dangerous than they ever were before.


NOTES
1.
In one of the dying gasps of centralized control of local life, the new PS government granted the money for the project just before the new laws on decentralization took effect in 1981.
2.
In doing research on French politics over the years, I have met and interviewed about twenty grandes écoles graduates from less than upper-middle-class backgrounds. Whatever their partisan political views, which ranged from far- left to the far-right, these men and women had all been socialized into "new bureaucrat" values and lifestyles, in which their relatively humble origins were utterly indiscernible.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Figures ix
  • Acronyms xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Part One THE PROBLEM 1
  • 1: Chaos and Coping 3
  • Part Two BUILDING BLOCKS 25
  • 3: The New Republic 27
  • 4: De Gaulle, the Presidency, and the Republic 41
  • 5: The Party System 55
  • Part Three SUCCESS 69
  • 6: Stability for Growth 71
  • 7: Foreign Policy and the Pursuit of Grandeur 83
  • 8: The Economy 97
  • Part Four THE NEW PROBLEMS 113
  • 9: Cumulative Inequalities 115
  • Notes 127
  • 10: Centralization and Alienation 129
  • Part Five CONCLUSIONS 143
  • 11: Curing the Evils of Faction Gallic Style 145
  • 12: The Evils of Curing the Evils of Faction 159
  • References 169
  • Index 179
  • About the Author 183
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