Conflict and Rhetoric in French Policymaking

Baumgartner vividly illustrates how such variables as degree of conflict and environment combine with the strategic behavior of policy makers to determine the nature of participation and policy outcomes. . . . Specialists in both French politics and comparative public policy will thus find this book to be a significant and provocative contribution to the literature.
American Political Science Review

Education policy provides a fertile ground for analyzing the perennial tug-of-war between interest groups and public officials. Baumgartner considers thirty examples of French education policymaking during the early 1980s using a combination of documentary evidence, interviews with more than 100 politicians, civil servants, members of parliament, union and interest group leaders, and a thorough analysis of press coverage of education topics.

304 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

September, 1989

isbn : 9780822985198

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Frank R. Baumgartner

Frank R. Baumgartner is assistant professor of Political Sciience at Texas A&M University.

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