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«FRENCH POLITICS AND POLICY GROUP NEWS No.12/November 2011 FPG/APSA Coordinators: Amy G. Mazur, Department of Political Science, Washington State ...»

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No.12/November 2011

FPG/APSA Coordinators: Amy G. Mazur, Department of Political Science,

Washington State University and Sylvain Brouard, Centre E. Durkheim, Sciences Po


e-mail: mazur@wsu.edu; s.brouard@sciencespobordeaux.fr

Website: http://www.wsu.edu/~frg/

French Politics, Policy and Society Group (FPPSG)/PSA Coordinators: Alistair Cole,

Department of Politics, School of European Studies, Cardiff University and Helen Drake, Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR), Loughborough University e-mail: ColeA@Cardiff.ac.uk ; H.P.Drake@lboro.ac.uk _______________________________________________________________________


The FPG-APSA had another active year thanks to the contributions of our everincreasing membership and the activism of the two co-conveners Amy Mazur and Andrew Appleton. As the French politics group experiments a transition, smoothed by Amy having accepted to stay co-convener one more year, I would like to thank them for their dedication and their successes. They succeeded, for example, in working with the leadership of the Association Française de Science Politique and the APSA to create a new related group for the AFSP that will be co-administered by the FPG. It has already increased the number of panels that can be held related to French politics study.

The 2011 APSA meeting in Seattle is another example of the scope of their legacy. Once again we had a theme panel at this year’s APSA meeting, “Parity and the shift from ‘universal’ to group rights in France”. Beyond four panels were held with the cosponsorship of the French politics group. Several of our members presented papers on non-French related panels. A short course was also organized on “Patterns of Electoral Change in Western Democracies: Reconciling Critical and Secular Realignments”. Least but not last, APSA agreed to fund part of the trip of French scholars attending to the APSA meeting.

The late night Friday reception allows us to meet and talk to many colleagues. We were also pleased to give the Stanley Hoffmann Best English-language article award to Kathleen Thelen (MIT) and Bruno Palier (Centre d’Etudes Européennes, Sciences Po Paris). Special congratulations also to Adria Lawrence, Yale University, whose paper Political Equality and Nationalist Opposition in the French Colonial Empire” - was selected for the Frank L. Wilson APSA paper award. This year we will be once again awarding the Wilson Prize. The Georges Lavau Best Dissertation Award that was not awarded this year, will also be awarded this year. Applications for dissertations defended until December 2011 will be accepted (see below).

Don’t forget there are three ways in which you can participate at the APSA meetings: propose a panel; propose a short course, or coordinate a working group (see below for more details).

As always, we have many people and institutions to thank for their hard work and support: the French Embassy in the USA, Nonna Mayer and Yves Déloye at the AFSP, Kimberly Morgan, Emily Olivia Matthews, Antoine Roger, John Gaffney, Jonah Levy and Annie Laurent.

So please read on for more details on our collective accomplishments and future.

The first half of the newsletter is on the FPG-APSA and the second half on the news of the French Policy and Politics group of the Political Studies Association in the UK, another indicator of our international scope. Additional information about out groups can also be found on our website listed above. And please do share with us your news, comments, questions, and updated contact information.

Bien Cordialement, Sylvain Brouard News of the French Politics Groups-APSA APSA- Seattle, 2011 We were able to get an additional theme panel slot this year’s meeting. Below is the panel line-up, papers are available to download on the APSA website at http://www.apsanet.org/.

Short Course:

Patterns of Electoral Change in Western Democracies: Reconciling Critical and Secular Realignments Co sponsors: AFSP Group and FPG Chair: Simon Labouret (University of Grenoble, France)


Jeffrey M. Stonecash (Syracuse University, USA) Richard G.C. Johnston (University of British Columbia, Canada) John H. Aldrich (Duke University, USA) Byron E. Shafer (University of Wisconsin, USA) Simon Labouret (University of Grenoble, France) Florent Gougou (Sciences Po Paris, France) Mathieu Vieira (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) Pierre Baudewyns (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium) Fabien Escalona (University of Grenoble, France) Theme Panel: Parity and the shift from ‘universal’ to group rights in France Co Sponsors: FPG and European Politics and Society Chair: Karen Celis (Hogeschool Gent)


Dorothy E. McBride (Florida Atlantic University) Karen Bird (McMaster University) Facilitating rights or just pretending? The example of the parity law Aurélia Troupel (University of Montpellier) Has ‘parity’ encouraged the advocacy of women’s rights in parliament?

Rainbow Murray (Queen Mary University of London) From parity to intersectionality?

Eléonore Lépinard (University of Montreal) Has parity opened or closed the door for ethnic minority representation?

Khursheed Wadia (University of Warwick) Feminist Movements and the Challenge of Pluralism: Practices of Intersectionality in a Comparative Perspective Sponsor: AFSP Chair: Amy G. Mazur (Washington State University)


Wendy Sarvasy ( University of California, Berkeley) Uneven Commitments: Charting Feminist Attention to Intersectionality in Uruguay Erica Townsend-Bell (University of Iowa) Invisible or Intrumentalised? Migrant Women at the Intersections?

Leah Bassel (City University London) Diverging projects of emancipation: feminists' struggles with intersectionality in France and Canada Eléonore Lépinard (University of Montreal) Democratic Theory and the Practice of Intersectionality - a European perspective" Birte Siim (Aalborg University,) France at the EU, G8 and G20: International governance in question?

Co Sponsors: FPG and Political Studies Association Group Chair: Andrew Appleton (Washington State University) Sarkozy l'anti-Americain: French anti-Americanism and International Economic Governance Sophie Meunier (Princeton University) The Return of the State? French Economic Policy under Nicolas Sarkozy Jonah Levy (University of California, Berkeley) France Back in the Chair: FPEU08, G8 and G20 Presidencies Compared Helen Drake (Loughborough University) French Presidential Elections Co Sponsors: FPG and Elections and Voting Behavior Chair: Véronique Jerome (University of Paris I-Sud Orsay) Discussant: Bruno Jérôme (University of Paris II Pantheon Assas) French Presidential Elections: The Heavy Variables Richard Nadeau (University of Montreal) French Presidential Elections: Ideology Eric Belanger (McGill University) French Presidential Elections: The Role of Issues Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa) French Presidential Elections: Leaders Richard Nadeau (University of Montreal) French Legislative Politics in Comparative Perspective Co-sponsors: AFSP and European Politics and Society Chair: Olivier Costa (Sciences Po Bordeaux) Discussant: Frank Baumgartner (UNC-Chapell Hill) & Shaun Bevan (University of Manchester) Comparative Analysis of The Citizens' Attitudes Towards Representation in France and Germany Vincent Tiberj (Sciences Po Paris), Sylvain Brouard (Centre Emile Durkheim, Bordeaux), Elisa Deiss-Helbig (Centre Emile Durkheim, Bordeaux), Mirjam Dageförde (University of Stuttgart) and Florian Rabuza (University of Stuttgart) French MPs between Nation and constituencies Olivier Costa (Sciences Po Bordeaux), Eric Kerrouche (CNRS, Centre Emile Durkheim, Bordeaux) and Tinette Schnatterer (Centre Emile Durkheim, Bordeaux) Divided Government, Legislative Productivity and Policy Change in the US and France Sylvain Brouard (Sciences Po Bordeaux), Frank Baumgartner (UNC-Chapell Hill), Emiliano Grossman (Sciences Po Paris), Sebastien Lazardeux (St. John Fisher College), Jon Moody (Penn State University).

Exploring the Representational Roles of French MEPs Nathalie Brack (Université Libre de Bruxelles) APSA-New Orleans, August 30 –September 2nd, 2012: Representation and Renewal The site for the 2011 meeting is New Orleans, LA. Proposals for papers, panels and roundtables need to be submitted through the APSA web-based system by December 15th. You will also need to submit to the FPG coordinators your proposal by this deadline. Given our limited number of panel slots, a pre-requisite for all submissions is co-sponsorship, so please indicate your division cosponsor in your application. We will still accept proposals for individual papers, but we will give priority to complete panels and will place papers on preexisting panels, where possible. We also will give priority consideration to panels addressing this year’s conference theme (http://www.apsanet.org/content_77049.cfm). Last year, we were able to obtain an additional panel. Be sure to let us know you are doing this; we will also contact the theme program chairs on your behalf. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us; we are happy to help you with the APSA web based submission system, which can be difficult to navigate.

Short Courses at APSA – Also remember the short course format at APSA. You can hold half day or day long workshops on a given topic the Wednesday prior to the conference. The deadline is not until mid March for this and short courses are automatically accepted. This is a great format for teaching workshops or coordinating a new or on-going project. We have held four short courses – one on teaching French Politics in 2005, a second one for the Fifth Republic at Fifty book in 2006, and last year one about “Patterns of Electoral Change in Western Democracies: Reconciling Critical and Secular Realignments”.


Working Group - A specific working group on French Politics can be organized just prior to the meetings, through APSA’s coordinating system. A working group attends all relevant panels’ sessions and meets regularly throughout the meetings outside of those sessions to discuss related issues. The group has organized a French Politics working group in the past; members are welcome to lead one and we can help you with the organization.

AFSP Related Group -- The AFSP welcomes paper and panel proposals on a wide range of topics related to the study and/or practice of French and European Political Science. Proposals that include political scientists from France as well as other countries are encouraged along with proposals that focus on the theme of this year’s meetings. Cosponsorships with other groups/divisions are required for acceptance. The group is co administered with the French Politics Group (APSA). CONTACTs: Amy G. Mazur, coconvener of the FPG, Department of Political Science, Washington State University, Email: mazur@wsu.edu; Sylvain Brouard, co-convener of the FPG, Centre E. Durkheim, Sciences Po Bordeaux, E-mail: s.brouard@sciencespobordeaux.fr; Yves Deloye, Secretary general of AFSP, E-mail: yvesdeloye@hotmail.com.

Frank L. Wilson Best APSA Paper Award Inaugurated in 2004, the award is given each year for papers presented on French politics at the previous year’s meeting. Papers may be comparative as long as a significant part focuses on France.

This year’s winner was Adria Lawrence, Yale University, for her paper “Political Equality and Nationalist Opposition in the French Colonial Empire”.

The paper was selected from a pool of 14 papers that were available for download. The selection was based on the schedule of the French Politics Group at the 2010 APSA meeting and a search in the APSA database for papers that included “France” or “French” in their abstracts. The committee’s ranking was based on the following three criteria: (1) originality and scope; (2) quality of the data and methods; and (3) overall clarity and structure of the paper. On this basis, we each selected five top papers.

Among several strong papers that the committee considered, Adria’s paper was the only one that each committee member ranked as their number one or two choice for this award. Adria lays out a cogent analysis of nationalist movements in the French colonial empire, using a convincing research design that delves into the historical record to build a more nuanced and sound understanding of causality in calls for nationalism and to rule out the alternative explanations usually proposed in the literature. Her arguments are well-reasoned and well-supported, persuasively showing that nationalism and decolonization were not inevitable, and instead were the result of policy decisions to deny equal political rights to the colonized. With this award, the committee recognizes the importance of this paper in advancing our thinking about the development of nationalism, in addition to forcefully demonstrating how to use historical analysis to effectively further our understanding of causality.

2011 Award Committee: Kimberly Morgan, (George Washington University); Emily Olivia Matthews (University of California, San Diego); Antoine Roger (SPIRIT, IEP Bordeaux) Georges Lavau Dissertation Award for 2012 The French Politics Group (FPG) awards a prize for the best dissertation on contemporary (twentieth and twentieth-first century) French politics (or with a significant component on French politics). The prize was not given in 2011 given the low number of application. So application for the prize is still possible. The prize, co-sponsored by the FPG and French Politics, Culture & Society, brings with it an award of $100 (and great prestige). Previous winners have reached the highest levels of this profession—in the spirit of Georges Lavau.

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The next award will be made in 2012 for English-language dissertations defended between January 2008 and December 2011. Dissertation advisors and/or candidates themselves must submit ONE ELECTRONIC COPY of the nominated dissertation before the deadline of June 15, 2012. Self-nominations are accepted. Please address individual copies of nominated dissertations to the co-conveners of the FPG Amy G. Mazur, Email: mazur@wsu.edu; Sylvain Brouard, E-mail: s.brouard@sciencespobordeaux.fr;

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