France in Crisis

Welfare, Inequality, and Globalization Since 1980

Author: Timothy B. Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521605205

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

View: 2000

Timothy Smith argues that the French economy and society is in crisis and that globalization is not to blame.

Framing the European Union

The Power of Political Arguments in Shaping European Integration

Author: Ece Özlem Atikcan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316395677

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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What is the impact of political language upon public opinion towards European integration? Based upon media analysis, public opinion data and over 140 in-depth interviews with senior officials and campaigners, Ece Özlem Atikcan examines six EU referendum votes: in Spain, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg on the European Constitution in 2005; and in Ireland on the Lisbon Treaty in 2008 and 2009. In all instances, polls show that the voting public favored the referendum proposals before the campaigns began, yet this initially positive public opinion melted away in three of these six cases. Why did this occur? Atikcan demonstrates that the key to the puzzle lies in political campaigns, where argument strategies can, at least temporarily, reverse public opinion enough to affect referendum outcomes. Providing a critical analysis of campaign strategy and EU communication policy, this book will be essential reading for academics, policymakers, politicians and future campaigners.

Fin de Millénaire French Fiction

The Aesthetics of Crisis

Author: Ruth Cruickshank

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199571759

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

View: 5854

The turn of the millennium in France coincided with a number of tangible crises and apocalyptic discourses, and with the growth of the mass media and global market, further generating and manipulating crisis. In this original, wide-ranging but closely analytical study, Cruickshank establishes a new critical framework with which to respond to the fin de millénaire aesthetics of crisis. Critiquing different theoretical and fictional approaches, shereads the work of four influential writers of prose fiction --- Angot, Echenoz, Houellebecq, and Redonnet. Identifying how their responses to the manipulation of crisis reflect, perpetuate, and challenge late capitalist misogyny and symbolic violence, Cruickshank suggests that the recurrent trope of the turningpoint has both aesthetic and critical potential. Fin de millénaire prose fiction emerges as both problematic and problematizing, bespeaking the need to intervene in political and ethical debates while also demonstrating the enduring agency -- critical and creative -- of literature itself.

Fatal Isolation

The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003

Author: Richard C. Keller

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022625643X

Category: History

Page: 240

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In a cemetery on the southern outskirts of Paris lie the bodies of nearly a hundred of what some have called the first casualties of global climate change. They were the so-called abandoned victims of the worst natural disaster in French history, the devastating heat wave that struck in August 2003, leaving 15,000 dead. They died alone in Paris and its suburbs, and were then buried at public expense, their bodies unclaimed. They died, and to a great extent lived, unnoticed by their neighbors--their bodies undiscovered in some cases until weeks after their deaths. Fatal Isolation tells the stories of these victims and the catastrophe that took their lives. It explores the multiple narratives of disaster--the official story of the crisis and its aftermath, as presented by the media and the state; the life stories of the individual victims, which both illuminate and challenge the ways we typically perceive natural disasters; and the scientific understandings of disaster and its management. Fatal Isolation is both a social history of risk and vulnerability in the urban landscape and a story of how a city copes with emerging threats and sudden, dramatic change.

Age in the Welfare State

The Origins of Social Spending on Pensioners, Workers, and Children

Author: Julia Lynch

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139454951

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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This book asks why some countries devote the lion's share of their social policy resources to the elderly, while others have a more balanced repertoire of social spending. Far from being the outcome of demands for welfare spending by powerful age-based groups in society, the 'age' of welfare is an unintended consequence of the way that social programs are set up. The way that politicians use welfare state spending to compete for votes, along either programmatic or particularistic lines, locks these early institutional choices into place. So while society is changing - aging, divorcing, moving in and out of the labor force over the life course in new ways - social policies do not evolve to catch up. The result, in occupational welfare states like Italy, the United States, and Japan, is social spending that favors the elderly and leaves working-aged adults and children largely to fend for themselves.

The French Challenge

Adapting to Globalization

Author: Philip H. Gordon,Sophie Meunier-Aitsahalia

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815798651

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 2697

In August 1999 a forty-six-year-old sheep farmer name José Bové was arrested for dismantling the construction site of a new McDonald's restaurant in the south of France. A few months later Bové built on his fame by smuggling huge chunks of Roquefort cheese into Seattle, where he was among the leaders of the antiglobalization protests against the World Trade Organization summit. Bové's crusade against globalization helped provoke a debate both within France and beyond about the pros and cons of a world in which financial, commercial, human, cultural, and technology flows move faster and more extensively than ever before. As the French struggle to preserve the country's identity, heritage, and distinctiveness, they are nonetheless adapting to a new economy and an interdependent world. This book deals with France's effort to adapt to globalization and its consequences for France's economy, cultural identity, domestic politics, and foreign relations. The authors begin by analyzing the structural transformation of the French economy, driven first by liberalization within the European Union and more recently by globalization. By examining a wide variety of possible measures of globalization and liberalization, the authors conclude that the French economy's adaptation has been far reaching and largely successful, even if French leaders prefer to downplay the extent of these changes in response to political pressures and public opinion. They call this adaptation "globalization by stealth." The authors also examine the relationship between trade, culture, and identity and explain why globalization has rendered the three inseparable. They show how globalization is contributing to the restructuring of the traditional French political spectrum and blurring the traditional differences between left and right. Finally, they explore France's effort to tame globalization—maîtriser la mondialisation—and the possible consequences and lessons of the French stance for the rest of the world.

France and the European Union

After the Referendum on the European Constitution

Author: Emiliano Grossman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415442428

Category: History

Page: 177

View: 5874

The character of international trade has changed dramatically over the past twenty years. Previously published as a special issue of The Journal of European Public Policy, this volume provides a 'state of the art' study of the new trade politics.

Uncertain Foundation

France at the Liberation 1944-47

Author: Andrew Knapp

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230521216

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 3780

France's liberation was expected to trigger a decisive break both with the Vichy régime and with the pre-war Third Republic. What happened, over three crucial years (1944-47), was an untidy patchwork of unplanned continuities and false starts - along with fresh departures that defined France's future for the next half-century. Prepared by an international team of specialists, The Uncertain Foundation analyses a complex process of regime change, economic renewal, social transformation, and adjustment to a fast-evolving world.

That Sweet Enemy

The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present

Author: Robert Tombs,Isabelle Tombs

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated


Category: History

Page: 782

View: 3740

Spanning three centuries of history and narrated from both perspectives, a witty study of the love-hate relationship between Britain and France ranges from the reign of King Louis XIV to the present day and captures the complex cultural, economic, social, and political influences that have shaped the relationship. 20,000 first printing.

Foreign Affairs

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: International relations

Page: N.A

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The Atlantic divide

"Old Europe" and the U.S.A. ; contemporary differences and their historical origins

Author: Ralph Peter Güntzel

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 267

View: 9707


Global Inequality

Author: Branko Milanovic

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674969766

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 311

View: 5790

Branko Milanovic presents a bold account of the dynamics that drive inequality on a global scale. Using vast data sets, he explains the forces that make inequality rise and fall within and among nations over time. He reveals who has been helped by globalization, who has been hurt, andwhat policies might tilt the balance toward economic justice.