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  • State of the Left - France
    Jocelyn Evans & Gilles Ivaldi - 07 November 2013
    If Hollande’s signature policy initiatives do not come into fruition, March 2014 could mark the beginning of an electoral blight for the Socialists stretching to 2017.
  • Campaign • Governing • Trade-offs
    Renaud Thillaye - 17 October 2013
    Promises associated with a distinctive moral vision of the economy have to be paired with a language of strategic priorities and trade-offs.
  • France • Le Pen • Populism
    Jérôme Fourquet - 15 October 2013
    As the Front National moves to attract left-wing voters it risks losing its more traditional right-wing conservative support.
  • France • François Hollande • Politics
    Eddy Fougier - 18 September 2013
    Will Hollandism be a fudge between the outdated demands of the French left and “Sarkozyism with a human face”? Or will it give shape to a French ‘third way’?
  • Droitisation • Radical Right • France
    Nonna Mayer - 27 August 2013
    A recent poll shows a third of French voters agree with the ideas of the Front National. What explains the changing perception of the radical right?
  • France • François Hollande • Politics
    Eddy Fougier - 27 June 2013
    French politicians believe and make believe that everything is possible  ̶  but the public have long lost faith in big political promises.
  • Italy • Democratic Party • Coalitions
    Umberto Marengo - 23 May 2013
    The lessons from Italy are that rigid and ageing parties need to build new coalitions and start to speak and interact directly with citizens and members in real time.
  • Growth • Well-being • Equality
    Anke Hassel - 19 April 2013
    The fixation of policymakers with GDP should be overcome by highlighting aspects that make citizens lives happier and more sustainable.
  • France • Voters • Engagement
    Guillaume Liegey, Arthur Muller & Vincent Pons - 27 March 2013
    The political party of the future must embrace the wealth of knowledge created by modern science.
  • Front National • Far-Right • Normalisation
    Nonna Mayer - 26 March 2013
    What lies behind the apparent normalization of France’s once outcast far-right?

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