To mark the 2017 French parliamentary and presidential election, this special issue of Parliamentary Affairs looks at the realignment of French politics and revival of the presidency, the demise of the Left, and how policy choices for the Front National influenced its electoral success.
- Rethinking the Franchise Party: Adding the Ideological Dimension—The Irish Case
Sean D McGraw
- Representing Diversity in Mixed Electoral Systems: The Case of New Zealand
Fiona Barker, Hilde Coffé
- Amateurs versus Professionals: Explaining the Political (in)Experience of Canadian Members of Parliament
James T Pow
- Digital Media, Ground Wars and Party Organisation: Does Stratarchy Explain How Parties Organise Election Campaigns?
- Parliamentarisation as a Two-Way Process: Explaining Prior Parliamentary Consultation for Military Interventions (editors’ choice)
Daan Fonck, Yf Reykers
- Do Party Lists Matter? Political Party Strategies in Legislative Candidate Nominations
Yüksel Alper Ecevit, Gülnur Kocapınar
Special collection: the 2017 French presidential and parliamentary elections
Guest editor: Raymond Kuhn
- French Revolution? The 2017 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections
- Crowning Jupiter: The 2017 French Electoral Series in Perspective
- Left and Centre-Left in France—Endgame or Renewal?
- Electoral Performance and Policy Choices in the Front National
- Structure Versus Accident in the Defeat of France’s Mainstream Right, April–June 2017
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