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|Title: ||Le Front national et le jeu parlementaire|
|Authors: ||Slee, Brigitte|
|Issue Date: ||1994|
|Publisher: ||© Brigitte Slee|
|Abstract: ||This is a study of the parliamentary activity of the Front national (FN) in the
Assemblee nationale from 1986 to 1988. The research is based on a comprehensive
analysis of all parliamentary proceedings involving FN deputes during this period,
using as primary sources the publications of the Assemblee nationale, including daily
reports of the Journal Officiel, together with major daily and weekly newspapers and
magazines from 1984 to 1993, and a cross-section of the publications of the FN at
national and local levels.
Part I examines the apparent contradiction between the anti-parliamentary
reputation of this extreme-right party and its decision to join the French Parliament.
The study traces the FN's patient quest for political legitimacy, its grudging
acceptance by the established political parties and its strategy of recruiting
personalities of the moderate right within its Rassemblement national. While the
respectability derived from this helped the FN to enter Parliament, it also sowed
disunity within the party's ranks. This is the context within which the parliamentary
experience must be understood.
Part 2 examines the effectiveness of the FN deputes in their parliamentary
activities: drafting and tabling of bills, reports and amendments, interventions in
parliamentary sessions, questions to the Government, voting patterns. The two main
issues on which the FN deputes concentrated were immigration and law and order,
but they also addressed many other questions and attempted to present themselves a
force of economic liberalism without which the socialist experiment could not be
ended since the traditional moderate right was too weak to defeat it.
Part 3 pursues the analysis of the FN's continuing parliamentary activity in its
second year in Parliament. It also traces the party's growing awareness of the
limitations of parliamentary power as well as its own limitations as a parliamentary
group, and its decisions to use parliamentary experience to broaden its political
The conclusion weighs the impact of this parliamentary experience on the party
and its local and national implantation, as well as on the recomposition of the French
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (PHIR)|
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