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La course au centre

Policy Convergence and Partisanship in France, 1981-2002

Sally Marthaler

Policy convergence between the political parties and the perception among voters that there is little to choose between left and right may be factors in the declining levels of partisanship observed in many advanced industrial democracies, including France, where these conditions emerged in the 1980s. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data, this article analyzes changes in the actual and perceived level of convergence between the mainstream parties in France from 1981 to 2002. It finds evidence of increasing policy convergence over the period as a result of a combination of endogenous and exogenous factors. It concludes that left-right ideological labels are still important to voters, even though they too have moved to the center, and that many of them want to see a clear dividing-line between the parties. The blurring of the boundaries between left and right and the “reversibility” of the mainstream parties has also enhanced the appeal of alternative and extremist parties.

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Self-Regulating or Supervised Boys?

Young Masculinity and Sexuality in Online Pornography Filter Debates

Lucas Gottzén

Knill . 2016 . “ Opposite Trends in the Regulation of Pornography? Policy Differentiation and Policy Convergence across 26 Countries Between 1960 and 2010. ” Journal of Sex Research 53 ( 7 ): 860 – 872 .

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“Looking for One's Life”

Trapped Mobilities and Adventure in Morocco

Sébastien Bachelet

Technological Voids .” Ethnos 74 ( 1 ): 91 – 109 . 10.1080/00141840902751220 Wunderlich , Daniel . 2010 . “ Differentiation and Policy Convergence against Long Odds: Lessons from Implementing EU Migration Policy in Morocco .” Mediterranean Politics

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LGBTI Rights and the 2017 German National Election

Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

); David Patternotte and Kelly Kollman, “Regulating intimate relationships in the European polity: same-sex unions and policy convergence,” Social Politics 20, no. 4 (2013): 510–533. 10 Liam Stack, “European Court Strikes Down Required Sterilization for

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ASEAN's “actorness” and “effectiveness” regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

Vincent Rollet

such context. However, it should be noted that tangible effects of ASEAN's impact on regional cohesiveness have been observed by the OECD, which takes as evidence the increasing policy convergence among AMS and a more unified COVID-19 regional response

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Policy coherence for development and migration

Analyzing US and EU policies through the lens of normative transformation

Harlan Koff

emerged (see Rudolph, 2006 ). Within this context, scholars of migration, such as Hollifield et al. (2014) , have convincingly shown that the international migration system has witnessed policy convergence around the objectives of border controls

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Thomas Klikauer, Norman Simms, Marcus Colla, Nicolas Wittstock, Matthew Specter, Kate R. Stanton, John Bendix, and Bernd Schaefer

welfare chauvinism have recently gained ground. Populist politics has at least partly been driven by the economic policy convergence of the center catch-all parties. Rothstein and Schulze-Cleven argue that Germany is undergoing a process of reconfiguration