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‘Cohabitation’: Divided Government French‐Style

Robert Elgie

in Divided Government in Comparative Perspective

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780198295655
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295650.003.0006

Series: Comparative Politics

 ‘Cohabitation’: Divided Government French‐Style

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This chapter examines the politics of ‘cohabitation’, or divided government French‐style. It begins by setting out the basic powers of the protagonists in the Fifth Republic's dual executive. It then looks at the frequency, causes, and management of ‘cohabitation’ in France. Generally, ‘cohabitation’ has been characterized by constant competition between the president and the prime minister. However, there are well‐established procedures which have minimized the overall extent of the conflict within the executive, and which have ensured the continuity of the system.

Keywords: cohabitation; divided government; France

Chapter.  9663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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