The French fifth Republic as an opportunity structure: a neo-institutional and cultural approach to the study of leadership politics

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The Gaullist settlement of 1958 reconfigured the political institutions of France, introducing into the republican mainstream a new form of leadership politics. Adapting the literature on political opportunity structure (POS) theory, and using the French left as a case study, can help us understand how political parties, ideology and leadership adapt to political institutions and norms. It also illuminates what the consequences are of such adaptation in the contemporary period, particularly as regards the institutionally bound roles of political 'character', protocol and discourse. The paper appraises the relevance and appropriateness of POS theory to leadership politics in France.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686-705
Number of pages20
JournalPolitical Studies
Volume51
Issue number4
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StatePublished - Dec 2003

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  • Gaullist settlement, political institutions of France, repulican mainstream, political opportunity structure, political parties, ideology and leadership, political charater, protocol and discourse, newspapers, France

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