The Central-Local Relationship and Constitutional Operations in France
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 2, March 2016, Pages: 16-25
Received: Feb. 24, 2016; Accepted: Mar. 2, 2016; Published: Mar. 12, 2016
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Chun-Hao Chang, Department of Political Science, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan
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This paper argues that the French model of Semi-presidentialism shows two features. One the one hand, the President is the head of both the central government and local affairs due to France’s historical background as a highly centralized state. On the other hand, the political struggle between the local executive heads and the central government influences not only the Executive power, but also the Executive-Legislative interaction from the bottom. Moreover, the Constitutional Amendment in 2008, in which the Presidential and the Parliamentary powers were reinforced, makes the central-local relationship a key to estimating the future development of the Constitutionalism in France.
Semi-presidentialism, France, Paris, Central-Local Relationship
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Chun-Hao Chang, The Central-Local Relationship and Constitutional Operations in France, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016, pp. 16-25. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20160402.11
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