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.




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Partis politiques et système partisan en France
Carole Bachelot, Alexandre Dézé, Florence Faucher, Julien Fretel, Florence Johsua, Julian Mischi, Christine Pütz, Nicolas Sauger, Vincent Tiberj

Series

Académique

Subjects

Exams : Exams political science
Political Science : Political facts
The State - Government : Political Parties

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