French municipal democracy: cradle of European citizenship?

Collard, Susan (2010) French municipal democracy: cradle of European citizenship? Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 18 (1). pp. 91-116. ISSN 1478-2804

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Abstract

This paper aims to make a contribution to the empirical study of the development of European citizenship at grass roots level, through the analysis of political participation of non-French EU citizens resident in France (NFEUCRIFs) at local elections in 2001 and 2008 in France. Official statistics show that whilst there has been a considerable increase in 2008 both in terms of voter registration and election to municipal councils compared with 2001, these figures still represent only a tiny proportion of the total number of voters and elected candidates. Nevertheless, France remains a fruitful site for further qualitative analysis of how these 'pioneers' of European citizenship may (or may not) be contributing to the building of some kind of 'Eurodemocracy' at grass-roots level, and whether or not any links between municipal politics and the wider European framework can be meaningfully established.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: European citizenship, French municipal democracy, municipal elections, lifestyle migration, intra-EU migration, France
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Susan Collard
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:01
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 08:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23565
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