Villes de gauche, villes de droite

Villes de gauche, villes de droite

Trajectoires politiques des municipalités françaises de 1983 à 2014
Richard Nadeau, Martial Foucault, Bruno Jérôme, Véronique Jérôme-Speziari
Left-wing towns, right-wing towns
Political trajectories of French municipalities from 1983 to 2014

At each municipal election, certain commentators announce results as being broadly dependent on national conjuncture. Others claim that the fate of elected officials depends above all on the local situation.

With a view to anticipating swings to the left or the right during these elections, the authors have analysed the results of a panel of 236 towns with more than 30,000 inhabitants, over a 30-year period (1983-2014). They investigate the local and national criteria liable to explain the success and defeat of candidates, whilst also demonstrating why certain incumbent municipal teams are systematically re-elected, regardless of the national political situation.

A typology of factors that embed (or not) towns within a partisan allegiance can be seen here. This demonstrates the decisive role of the town's sociodemographic profile, in which the key variable is the proportion of residents in public housing, and emphasises the importance of the economic and financial performance of mayors, as well as the political strategy that they employ to ensure their re-election.

This is an astute and unprecedented observation of local electoral dynamics, which continue to be driven by the left-right dialectic, and which have a significant impact on national politics in France.

Martial Foucault

Martial FOUCAULT, university professor at Sciences Po, director of the Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF).

La Ve République démystifiée
The 5th Republic Demystified
Olivier Duhamel, Martial Foucault, Mathieu Fulla, Marc Lazar
This unbiased portrait, provided by economists, historians, political scientists, and legal scholars, shows that in its sixty years of existence, the 5th French Republic has only survived by transforming itself.

Le vote des Français de Mitterrand à Sarkozy
French Voters' Choices From Mitterrand to Sarkozy
Éric Belanger, Bruno Cautrès, Martial Foucault, Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Richard Nadeau
Based on a unique comparative analysis of four French presidential contests over the last two decades, this book is an original and comprehensive study of the sociological and psychological forces driving French voters' choices.


Le Vote disruptif
Les élections présidentielle et législatives de 2017
The disruptive vote
The presidential and legislative elections of 2017
Pascal Perrineau
A process of creative destruction of a rare intensity swept through the French political system during the 2017 elections, comparable to a devastated battleground. After the storm, now comes the time for analysis and the first research results.

La démocratie de l'entre-soi
Pascal Perrineau, Luc Rouban
In this book, a team of researchers from CEVIPOF suggests that what is "common" is no longer based on what is public, but on what is private. That politics is now evolving in communitarian spaces of all kinds, family, religious denominations, political parties, oligarchies...

Gouverner (par) les finances publiques
Governing (via) Public Finance
Philippe Bezes, Alexandre Siné
This book analyses public finances, in a context marked by the issue of government debt, budget constraints and the renewed policy of rigor and fiscal reforms.