Pascal Perrineau


Pascal Perrineau is a Distinguished Professor at Sciences Po where he intervenes as expert in numerous media and scientific authorities and headed, from 1991 to 2013, the Center for Political Research (CEVIPOF). His research focuses mainly on electoral sociology, the extreme-right in France and in Europe, and the new socio-political cleavages at work in European societies. He is the author of many works, including: Le symptôme Le Pen (Fayard, 1997), Le Dictionnaire du vote (PUF, 2001) with Dominique Reynié, Politics in France and in Europe (Palgrave Mac Millan, 2009) with Luc Rouban, Le Choix de Marianne. Pourquoi et pour qui votons-nous? (Fayard, 2012) and La France au Front. Essai sur l'avenir du Front national (Fayard, 2014).



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FREN 6651 - French Political Issues      

Political Issues in French Political Life : Preparing for the 2017 Presidential Election

In 2017, the next French Presidential Election will be held. This election of the President of the French Republic remains the great moment of French political life. French voters make an assessment of the outgoing President and project themselves in the future. The parties act as political machines and all their strategies are oriented by this important political deadline. Finally, the institutions show their capacity to handle new problems and cleavages.
The course will be dedicated to all these questions and will revisit all the previous presidential elections under the Fifth Republic, the evolutions of French voters, the changes in the parties and the adaptation of the political institutions. The course will also compare the American presidential election and the French one.

Required texts:
- Pascal PERRINEAU, Le choix de Marianne. Pourquoi et pour qui votons-nous?/, *ISBN*: 9782213654195
- Pascal PERRINEAU, /La France au Front. Essai sur l’avenir du Front national
, ISBN: 9782213681030
- Julie BENETTI, Jean-Jacques CHEVALLIER, Guy CARCASSONNE, Olivier DUHAMEL, Histoire de la Vème République, 1958-1962, ISBN: 9782247120420 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools, French School 4 Week Course, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6710 - Emmanuel Macron's France      

Following the 2017 presidential election victory of Emmanuel Macron, one of the youngest political leaders in the democratic world, we will undertake a retrospective on this surprising event for France.

What are the political, cultural and social reasons for this unpredictable victory?
What are the constituting elements of "Macronism": a new type of leadership? a new way of governing? a new type of political organization?

What are the elements of continuity and change, as far as the Fifth Republic is concerned, to understand this political novelty?

Required texts:
- Pascal PERRINEAU, Le Vote disruptif, Les élections présidentielle et législatives d'avril-mai-juin 2017, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-2724621655
- Philippe RAYNAUD, Emmanuel Macron, une Révolution bien tempérée, Paris, Desclée de Brouwer, 2018, ISBN-13: 978-2220094274 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6782 - 2017 French Presidential Elect      

The 2017 French presidential election: towards a new political regime?

The presidential election is the most decisive moment in French political life. It provides an occasion for voters to evaluate the previous presidency and imagine what the future will be like under the new five-year presidency. The 2017 election is no exception to this rule. However, given the current political climate in France and the candidates involved, in many respects this will be a profoundly new election that may well overturn the manner in which the Fifth Republic has traditionally functioned. Many believe it will lead to a veritable regime crisis.
The course will focus on these questions and will place the 2017 election in context by revisiting previous Fifth Republic presidential elections. We will see also how the political parties, political actors, political issues, the political culture and the main cleavages in French society have changed from the end of the 1950s to the present day, thus shedding light on the major shifts that have swept through the French political landscape over recent decades. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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