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Two French Presidential Election Workshops
The French people will elect a new president on May 7, 2017. How is the French political system set up? How does government work in France? Who are the key players and the contenders ? What powers will the winner hold? How long is a presidential term? What are the implications of this election for world politics?
On April 7, two weeks before the first round of the election, we will examine French political institutions to identify similarities and differences with the US political system. We will also discuss French political culture (definition of common good, expectations of public officials, public opinion, role of the media) and its many peculiarities. Presidential candidates will be profiled in light of the history of political ideas in France.
On May 5, two days before the run-off, we will draw the lessons of the first round and study the agendas of the two remaining contenders. As we decipher soundbites and buzzwords from the presidential debate, specific attention will be given to where these two hopefuls would position themselves in the American political game and how, if elected, they would handle diplomatic relations with the US. The June legislative elections will weigh heavily in the conversation, as their outcome will determine the reach of the next president.
Both workshops will be designed as interactive sessions and will involve public participation. Comments and questions will be woven into the fabric of the presentation to drive the discussion.