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From Deliberation to Demonstration

From Deliberation to Demonstration


From Deliberation to Demonstration: Political Rallies in France (1868-1939)

Paula Cossart

ECPR Press
Series: ECPR Monographs
ISBN-10: 1907301461
ISBN-13: 978-1907301469

Paperback: 328 pages

27 £





This book reveals the transformation of political rallies in France from the last years of the Second Empire until the end of the Third Republic. Originally designed by Republicans as a tool of citizenship learning and formation of political opinion through open debate, rallies gradually became a stage dedicated to the show of force, at the initiative of various emerging political formations. This distortion is marked by the turn of the twentieth century, but is observed even more in the rallies held between the two world wars. Faced with this transformation, the government does not hesitate, in the second half of the 1930s, to invalidate the liberal credo that based the right of assembly since the installation of the Republic. 

This book, at the crossroads of history and political science, is an important contribution to our understanding of political life of that period. An essential form of collective political participation, the rallies had never been the subject of major research. The author also contributes to the reflection, more relevant than ever, on the status of public debate in representative regimes. Participatory democracy has a history that this book helps to trace.

Auteurs et appartenances institutionnelles

Doctor in Political Science, Paula Cossart is now Assistant Professor in sociology at the University of Lille and Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She has been Research Assistant in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2002-2004), Invited Scholar in New York Uiversity (2012) and Harvard University (2013). Her current research focuses on the historical sociology of participatory democracy. She is particularly interested in the genealogy of deliberative devices. Among her publications: Vingt-cinq ans d'amours adulteres. Correspondance sentimentale d'Adele Schunck et d'Aime Guyet de Fernex. 1824-1849 (Fayard, 2005); (with W. M. Keith) "The Search for "Real" Democracy : Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation in France and the US, 1870-1940", in Kock Ch., Villadsen L. (ed.), Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation, Penn State University Press, 2012; (co-editor with J. Talpin and W. M. Keith) La participation au prisme de l'histoire, issue of Participations. Revue de sciences sociales sur la democratie et la citoyenneté, 2012.

Références bibliographiques ou publications associées

Paula Cossart, From Deliberation to Demonstration: Political Rallies in France (1868-1939), London, ECPR Press, EPCR Monograph, 2013.

Date de publication ou de début de la recherche
1 Ottobre 2013