The French Politics and Policy Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association (PSA) aims to preserve and promote the strong tradition of French political studies in the UK. It fosters connections between scholars working in the various sub-disciplines of the study of French politics; connects UK scholars interested in France with their international counterparts and professional associations; and supports high quality research on all aspects of French politics.

The group organises panels at the PSA annual conference and Undergraduate Conference, and the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting. It provides a platform for early career researchers and doctoral students to disseminate their research through specialist workshops and postgraduate conferences, and promotes the award of prizes in recognition of academic excellence.

We publish a quarterly newsletter for members to showcase their work. If you would like to be featured in our next edition, please email us (see below) And, please, don’t hesitate to contact the group’s Convenors if you would like to organise an event.

The group’s co-Convenors are Dr. Emily St Denny; Dr. Françoise Boucek and Professor Rainbow Murray

Please get in touch if you would like further information or have any suggestions for the group.

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Accepted Panels for PSA Annual Conference 2024 

We are excited to announce that our Specialist Group will have two panels at the PSA Annual Conference 2024 at the University of Strathclyde.

The first panel (four papers) is organised by Sue Collard (Dept of Politics at the University of Sussex) and titled: Assessing Macron's 'Revolution': The Limits of Political Change in France. Paper contributors include Sue Collard; Anne Wuilleumier; Nicolas Charles and Andy Smith; Jean Michel Eymeri-Douzans 

The second panel (4 papers) is titled States of Exception: Islamophobia and the French Polity. Papers contributors include Naida Kiwan, Jim Wolfreys, Fatima Khemilat and Ibrahim Bechouri.

Stay tuned for more details.

Emily, Françoise and Rainbow

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Emily St Denny

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Copenhagen

Françoise Boucek

Role: Convenor
Institution: Queen Mary University of London

Rainbow Murray

Role: Convenor
Institution: Queen Mary University of London
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French Elections 2022 Workshop
PSA French Politics and Policy Network online webinar 24th May