The Founding of the French Third Republic

@article{Hanson2009TheFO,
  title={The Founding of the French Third Republic},
  author={S. Hanson},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  year={2009},
  volume={43},
  pages={1023 - 1058}
}
  • S. Hanson
  • Published 2009
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Comparative Political Studies
How France became a consolidated democracy after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 has received little attention from students of comparative democratization. Contrary to earlier structural theories, the French case shows that in periods of high social uncertainty, political elites with clear ideological visions of the future have a strategic advantage over their more “pragmatic” opponents. Clear and consistent ideologies can solve the collective action dilemma facing initial party activists by… Expand
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