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A paradoxical presidency: Nicolas Sarkozy, 2007-2012

Knapp, A. (2013) A paradoxical presidency: Nicolas Sarkozy, 2007-2012. Parliamentary Affairs, 66 (1). pp. 33-51. ISSN 1460-2482

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The Sarkozy presidency is shot through with paradox and contrast: between a well-elected president swiftly loathed by most voters; a ‘hyper-president’ who probably weakened the office; a talented party leader who lost effective control of his party; a right-wing president who was readily compared to Tony Blair; and an ambitious reformer who promised a clean break with the indecision of his two predecessors but whose record was more timid than his rhetoric. This article interprets Sarkozy’s record in the context of the presidential office, the specific circumstances of his presidency, and of the president’s own personality, skills and shortcomings.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Languages and Cultures > French
ID Code:30598
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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