Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs


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 6657 - Voting in France and Europe      

Le vote : usages et mutations des comportements politiques en France et en Europe / Voting in France and Europe: practices and mutations in political behaviours

N.B This course will meet two hours daily for three weeks (July 22 to August 11)

This course will study the act of voting within the general framework of a reflection on the broadening of various ways for citizens to participate politically in modern democracies. It will also look at the many uses of voting, together with the different meanings the act of voting vehicles within European democracies. This is an area which has undergone change recently both in France and in Europe. Today, one might wonder whether the vote continues to be a central means of achieving democracy for modern citizenry. One might also wonder whether the vote is still one of the fundamental procedures within the democratic system and what the historical, sociological and political bases of electoral behaviour are made up of.

Recommended Text
/La Politique en France et en Europe/, Rouban Perrineau, Sciences Po, Les Presses

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2010

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FREN 6665 - The Extreme Right:France & Eur      

The Extreme Right in France and Europe: Definition and Analysis

N.B. This course meets from July 24 to August 13, 2 hours per day.

After the local elections of March 2014 and the European elections of May 2014, the time has come for a balance sheet of the nationalist and populist forces in France and Europe. The course will tackle with the questions of terminology (extreme-right, radical right, nationalism, populism…), history of the nationalist political culture, ideological content of the programs, political organization of the parties, sociology of its supports and factors of the dynamics of this political family in a lot of European countries.

Required Text:
1) Pascal Perrineau, La France au Front. Essai sur l’avenir du Front national, Paris, Fayard, 2014 (ISBN 978-2-213-68103-0)
2) Hans Georg Betz, La droite populiste en Europe, Extrême et démocrate ?, Paris, Autrement, 2004 (ISBN 2-7467-0451-X)

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6760 - French & US Presidential Elect      

Presidential elections in France and the United States: comparative analysis / Analyse comparée des élections présidentielles en France et aux USA

N.B. This course meets from July 26 to August 15, 2 hours per day.

2012 is the year of both american and french presidential elections. The course will
start from a systematic analysis of the French presidential elections:
the electoral campaign, the main issues, the candidates, the
electorates... On all these points we will see the similarities and the
differences between the two countries and political systems.

Required text: Pascal Perrineau, Le choix de Marianne, Pourquoi et pour qui votons-nous?, Paris, Fayard, 2012 (ISBN 978-2-213-65419-5)

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012

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