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Grassroots Mobilisation of Political Parties: Three Case Studies

Introduction World politics today are going through a stage of upheaval. In many countries, parties that have ruled for years and even decades are being...

The French Social Security System

France’s willingness to offer a degree of protection to those made most vulnerable whether through illness or social circumstances traces back long before the...

“Les Trente Glorieuses”- nationalisation of key industries

The expression was coined by Jean Fourastier (1907-1990) in his book “Les Trente Glorieuses, or the invisible revolution from 1946 to 1975”, published in...

Post-War Recovery and Growth

OVERVIEW If much of Europe breathed a sigh of relief following the fall of Berlin in 1945 - and with it, Nazy Germany, much of...

The French Constitutional Coming Of Age – A Merger Of Constitutional Traditions

A constitution is the fundamental and basic law, of a country. The constitution determines the fundamental political principles of the government, rules of procedure...

1870-1958 The Advent of the Republic

After four years of uncertainty over the leadership of the country, the Third Republic is firmly instituted in Versailles on 1875, thus quashing monarchists...

The Fifth Republic – France’s long constitutional walk

If France today can proudly claim to a rich democratic heritage, its walk towards such institutional freedom was not an easy one. Like most...

Nation-Building and the politics of state-building: the French example and its limitations

“There cannot be a firmly established political state unless there is a teaching body with definitely recognized principles. If the child is not taught...

France’s national education system – The expression of a democratic social philosophy

  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela Long before France came onto its own as a...

France as a valuable strategic partner in the Middle East

  French President Emanuel Macron made very clear in Davos that he intends for France to reclaim its positions at the Grande’s table and reaffirm...

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