15 France The Latin Model (Feb 18)

15 France The Latin Model (Feb 18) - FRANCE: THE LATIN...

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FRANCE: THE LATIN MODEL Highly centralized state Traditionally, large state sector Open eco with EU Political system: 5 th Republic (1960) introduces semi-presidentialism. Bicameral legislature, overrepresent rural areas. Relatively extensive presidential prerogatives. Multipartyism: stable left/right cleavage; parties that come and go. Center-right gov’ts until 1980. PCF major extra-gov’tal political force before 1990.
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A country governed or administered? Grands Corps, Grandes Ecoles, the civil service “esprit de corps”/ solidarity in administration Ideological divisions (parties) v. expertise Links to parties, to business Labor: Highly politicized, competing federations (CGT is largest); seek gains via state. Very low density, now mainly in public employment. Impact on wages magnified by “extension” of collective agreements. Manage various social funds, although role reduced as taxes replace contributions
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“Indicative planning” Consumer, producer sovereignty
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course POLI 126AA taught by Professor Ellencomisso during the Spring '11 term at UCSD.

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