The French Voter

Before and After the 2002 Elections

  • Michael S. Lewis-Beck

Part of the French Politics, Society and Culture Series book series (FPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Richard Nadeau
    Pages 136-154
  3. Bruno Jérôme, Veronique Jérôme-Speziari
    Pages 178-204
  4. Eric Dubois, Christine Fauvelle-Aymar
    Pages 205-230
  5. Éric Bélanger, Michael S. Lewis-Beck
    Pages 231-242
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-249

About this book


Why do French voters vote the way they do? In this book, leading international scholars examine this question from many different angles. Special attention is given to the 2002 national elections, when right-wing extremist Le Pen made such a spectacular showing in the presidential contest. Was the first-ballot success of Le Pen based on issues of law and order, ethnicity, nationalism or on the economy? What about the role of the traditional factors of social class, region, religion and left-right ideology? Do the peculiar electoral institutions of the Fifth Republic foster political extremism, or act as a break on it? The French Voter considers these issues both in relation to the 2002 contest and past elections.


economy election elections Electoral Electorate Governance Institution nationalism presidential elections voter voting

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael S. Lewis-Beck
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IowaUSA

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