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Take a walk on the left side
The impact of austerity politics in France
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Austerity policies were adopted in France in response to the European financial crisis, but inevitably redefined the domestic policy agenda with quite remarkable consequences on electoral behaviour and citizens’ satisfaction with politics, as well as on governments’ strategies in building political support. This chapter first analyses the challenges and changes facing the French left. It then introduces the major left-wing political families in France, and offers a brief account of their political dynamics. The third section focuses on the electoral performance of the French left during the crisis period, using an analysis based on economic voting theory. The fourth section investigates developments on the ideological right–left scale and on EU issues, working with data from the Manifesto project and analysing the manifestos from the 2017 elections.

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