French Politics, Culture & Society
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French Politics, Culture & Society

Editor: Herrick Chapman, New York University


Volume 34 / 2016, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, and winter)

Subjects: Contemporary French Studies, Politics, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Cultural Studies


The journal of the Conference Group on French Politics & Society. It is jointly sponsored by the Institute of French Studies at New York University and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University

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Between the Party and the European Union? The Regulation of Working Time in France

Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos

Abstract

Do parties matter when EU policy is implemented in France? This article examines this question first in the context of cleavage theory and the literature on party positioning on European integration that draws attention to the origin and the nature of party preferences, and second in light of empirical evidence from the implementation of the Working Time Directive in France. It shows that, when faced with the same issue, governments of different ideological orientation responded in a way that reflected their historically defined référentiel rather than an EU Diktat. The argument here, then, is that far from ending domestic political contestation on the Left-Right axis, European integration and its concrete domestic manifestations in France are in fact subject to it.

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