Florence Faucher

FNSP Professor

Florence Faucher is Professor of political science at Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes. She is Associate Fellow at Nuffield College and in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She previously worked in the UK (Stirling University, Oxford) and in the USA, where she co-directed the Max Kade Center in European and German Studies at Vanderbilt University. She teaches at all levels of the curriculum at Sciences Po (European politics, environmental politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political parties) and coordinates the Sciences Po/London School of Economics Double Master in European Affairs. She is the Director of OxPo and of CamPo, two programmes of scientific collaborations and academic exchanges between Sciences Po, Oxford and the Department of Politics and International studies at Cambridge. She has held visiting positions in Australia, in the United States and in the UK.  She joined the Comité National pour la Recherche Scientifique (section 40) in 2016. She is active in the Association Française de Science Politique (member of the board since 2014), American Political Science Association and Political Studies Association.

Florence Faucher’s research focuses on the ways forms of political activism have changed over the last thirty years in political parties and social movements. She has analysed how demands for democratisation, initially articulated by new social movements and green parties (Les habits verts de la politique, Presses de Sciences Po, 1999) have found an echo in governmental organisations. Such evolutions are part and parcel of wider processes at play in contemporary societies. For instance, a process of individualisation has contributed to blur the boundaries between the public and the private spheres of action (the politicisation of lifestyles has impacted modes of political engagement) and has driven a thrust for reform in well-established political parties without a democratic tradition, or with a different one: ballots and primaries for the selection of candidates and of leaders, and deliberative or participatory consultation processes have now become common place in parties of the Right and the Left. Such reforms contribute to change the ways parties relate to their members and reflect new modes of political engagement. She has approached these questions in complementary ways. First, she has contextualised these evolutions, taking into account the feedback effects of public policy on society and politics (The New Labour Experiment, with Patrick Le Galès, Stanford University press, 2010, also in French and in Italian). Second, she has explored these transformations closer to the ground, through a comparative anthropology of four (Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Greens) British political parties (Changing Parties. A Political Anthropology of British Party Conferences, Palgrave, 2005). She is currently working on two major projects: the first argues in favour of bringing an anthropological imagination to political analysis ; the second, developed with Laurie Boussaguet (European Univerity Institute),  focuses on the symbolic dimension of public policy through the example of the French government’s responses to the 2015 terrorist attacks. She is the author of many articles, published in journals such as Comparative European Politics, la Revue Française de Science Politique, Parliamentary Affairs, Politix, Environmental Politics.

Research Topics

Political parties, Political cultures, Political anthropology, Ecology and environment, Activism

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