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Divided Government in Comparative Perspective$
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Robert Elgie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295650.001.0001

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‘Cohabitation’: Divided Government French‐Style

‘Cohabitation’: Divided Government French‐Style

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Divided Government in Comparative Perspective

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This chapter examines the politics of ‘cohabitation’, or divided government French‐style. It begins by setting out the basic powers of the protagonists in the Fifth Republic's dual executive. It then looks at the frequency, causes, and management of ‘cohabitation’ in France. Generally, ‘cohabitation’ has been characterized by constant competition between the president and the prime minister. However, there are well‐established procedures which have minimized the overall extent of the conflict within the executive, and which have ensured the continuity of the system.

Keywords:   cohabitation, divided government, France

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