The winning of the 1995 French presidential election

Joseph Szarka

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The article analyses the processes which conditioned the outcome of the 1995 presidential election in France. By a fresh evaluation of four frequently made propositions, namely (1) the presidential contest is above party politics, (2) presidential candidacy is pre-eminently about individual leadership, (3) the confrontation is between the incumbent (or his surrogates) and one or more 'challengers', and (4) this confrontation reinforces political polarisation, the unique configuration of the current French polity is delineated. In conclusion, the interaction between social and political fractures is shown to have been crucial to Chirac's victory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-167
Number of pages17
JournalWest European Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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