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French Politics
Palgrave Macmillan UK

French Politics

Managing editor: Robert Elgie

ISSN: 1476-3419 (print version)
ISSN: 1476-3427 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41253

Palgrave Macmillan UK


Welcome to French Politics
French Politics is a significant and distinctive addition to the top rank of international peer-reviewed journals in French and European political science.

"The closing of the radical right gender gap in France?" by Nonna Mayer wins prize

Nonna Mayer has been awarded the best article of 2015 prize by the French Politics standing group of the Political Studies Association of the UK for her article "The closing of the radical right gender gap in France?" French Politics, December 2015, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 91–414
The prize-winning article is free to access here for a limited time

French Politics accepted to the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

Beginning with all content published in 2015, the journal will be indexed and abstracted in Thomson Reuter’s Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). ESCI covers high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance and in emerging research fields by key opinion leaders, funders, and evaluators worldwide. Inclusion in ESCI provides greater discoverability and allows for real-time insight into the journal’s citation performance.

Special Issue: Presidential Campaign Communication (Volume 14, Issue 2, June 2016)

Guest edited by Philippe J Maarek, the special issue compares political campaign communication in the United States and in France in recent years. Please see the articles below:

Special Issue: Explaining the spike in electoral support for the Front National in France (Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2015)

French Politics presents a special issue on the spectacular rise in support for the National Front (FN). Why was there a spike in the FN's vote at the May 2014 European elections? Addressing this question head on as well as placing this dramatic development in its longer-term context, the special issue includes articles on the FN's economic policy, the party's Euroscepticism, FN voters, and women and the FN. The introduction Explaining the spike in electoral support for the Front National in France by Daniel Stockemer and Gabriel Goodliffe's article Europe's salience and 'owning' Euroscepticism: Explaining the Front National's victory in the 2014 European elections in France are free to access.

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    In recent times, the study of France has been changing. Globalisation, Europeanisation, and interdependence have meant that it is less easy to see developments in contemporary France in a purely national context. External factors have intruded on the French political system. In the academic context the trend towards large-scale collaboration in comparative projects has meant an increasing opportunity for bringing France into the mainstream of academic research. Long considered to be an exceptional case, recent scholarship in political science has tended to emphasize the points of comparison between France and other polities. In short, the context of French politics is changing and the study of French politics is changing.

    French Politics is designed to reflect these developments. It is an international, peer-reviewed journal of the highest quality that promotes the study of contemporary and comparative French politics, policy and society.

    The journal focuses on the role of political institutions, political behaviour, public policy, political economy, international relations, public administration and public law as they relate to France. It particularly encourages and welcomes submissions that seek to incorporate the French case into more broad comparative and cross-national analyses, and that use the French case in theory-testing and theory building.

    The journal also seeks contributions from a wide variety of methodological perspectives, including institutional analysis (historical, empirical, sociological), behavioural studies (survey data and timeseries analysis), rational choice (including game theory and rational choice institutionalism), political theory, political sociology and post-modern approaches (cultural theory).

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