Departmental elections and the changing landscape of French politics

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  • James Shields

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The departmental elections of March 2015 redrew the French political landscape, setting the new terms of electoral competition in advance of the regional elections of December 2015 and, more critically, the presidential election of April–May 2017. These elections saw the far-right National Front (FN) come top in both rounds only to be outmanoeuvred by the mainstream parties and prevented from winning a single department. As a case study in vote–seat distortion, the elections highlighted a voting system effective in keeping the FN out of executive power but deficient in terms of democratic representation and inadequate as a response to the new tripartite realities of France's changing political landscape.



Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalRegional and federal studies
VolumeLatest article
Early online date14 Mar 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Mar 2016

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional & Federal Studies on 14/3/16, available online:

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