The europeanization of the french polity: Continuity, change and adaptation

Alistair Mark COLE*, Helen Drake

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The Europeanization of France has accelerated reforms of French government and politics, and stiffened resistance to such reforms among public opinion and political élites. This article first evaluates the concept of Europeanization as a factor of change in comparison with other endogenous and exogenous pressures on French governance and public policy-making. It then systematically analyses the changes and reforms undergone in French decision-making and policy-making processes in connection with France’s membership of the European Union. Finally, it evaluates the capacity of the current (1999) French political leadership to manage Europeanization in a context of instability in the French polity and in French society. The article contributes to the growing literature concerned with political strategies for the domestic management of European integration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-43
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

User-Defined Keywords

  • European Union
  • Europeanization
  • France
  • Governance
  • Public policy
  • State


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