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Florence Faucher is Professor of political science at Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée (CEE). 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 and coordinates the Sciences Po/London School of Economics Double Master in European Affairs. She is the Director of OxPo, a programme of scientific collaborations and academic exchanges between Sciences Po, the University of Oxford and the Maison Française, in Oxford. She has held visiting positions in Australia, in the United States and in the UK. She joined the Comité National du Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, 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.
Her research focuses on how forms of political participation and activism have changed over the last thirty years. She has analysed how demands for democratisation and participation are part and parcel of wider processes that contribute to blur the boundaries between the public and the private spheres of action at play in contemporary societies. She shows how practices and ideas developed in new parties (such as green parties) have driven a thrust for reform in well-established political parties through the multiplication of ballots and consultations. She conducted extended ethnographic observations in political parties in France in the UK, ranging from the greens to the Conservatives, and argues that an « anthropological imagination » can renew and stimulate analyses of contemporary political institutions and practices. Currently, her main research project, in collaboration with Laurie Boussaguet (European Univerity Institute), is funded by the LIEPP and investigates the uses of the symbolic in the responses of the French government to the 2015 and 2016 terrorist attacks. Based on interviews (with about 30 people working at the heart of the French executive (advisors, chiefs of staff and private secretaries of the Prime Minsiter and the President, with staff from the Elysée, Matignon, with the Prime Minister and the Justice Minister, etc) and on internal private documents as well as analyis of ritual performances, speeches, reports and the press, they show how the French government worked to create political and national unity (through the 11January March, ceremonies, policy concessions…). They have published a number of articles in French and English and are currently working on a book manuscript.
Florence Faucher-King, Patrick Le Galès (2010), Les gouvernements néotravaillistes. Bilan de Tony Blair et Gordon Brown, avec Patrick Le Galès, Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2ème édition mise à jour et augmentée. Traduction anglaise (The New Labour Experiment. Change and Reform Under Blair and Brown. Stanford University Press, 2010) et italienne (L'esperienza del New Labour.
Un'analisi critica della politica e delle politiche, Franco Angeli, 2013).
Florence Faucher-King (2005), Changing Parties. An Anthropology of British Political Party Conferences, Houndsmills/New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 315 p.
Faucher Florence (1999) Les habits verts de la politique, Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 325p.
Boussaguet Laurie, Florence Faucher (2018), “La construction des discours présidentiels post-attentats à l’épreuve du temps », Mots Les langages du politique, 118, pp 95-115.
Boussaguet Laurie, Florence Faucher (2018), “Identity and Citizenship as Symbolic Responses to Terrorist Attacks. The Case of France in 2015 », Percosi costituzionali, Special issue : La cittadinanza incerta, 2017.2, pp.511-530.
Faucher Florence, Laurie Boussaguet (2018), “The politics of symbols. Reflections on the French government’s framing of the 2015 terrorist attacks ». Parliamentary Affairs, 71(1), pp. 169–195. DOI: 10.1093/pa/gsx013.
Faucher Florence, Daniel Boy (2018), “50 shades of green. Political differences between elites, members and supporters of Europe Ecologie Les Verts”, Environmental Politics, 27(1), pp. 161-185. DOI 10.1080/09644016.2017.1385149.
Faucher Florence, Nuria Garcia (2017), “France”, European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, 56(1), pp. 99-105. DOI:10.1111/2047-8852.12181.
Boussaguet Laurie, Faucher Florence, (2017), “Quand l’Etat convoque la rue. La Marche républicaine du 11 janvier 2015”, Gouvernement et action publique, 6(2), pp 37-61.
Faucher Florence, Colin Hay (2015), “Les rituels de vote en France et en Grande-Bretagne”, Revue française de science politique, 65(2), pp. 213-236. DOI: 10.3917/rfsp.pr.0213.
Faucher Florence (2015), “New Forms of Political Participation. Changing Demands or Changing Opportunities to Participate in Political Parties?”, Comparative European Politics, 13(4), pp. 405-429. DOI: CEP1.2013.31.
Faucher Florence (2014), “Leadership Elections: What is at Stake for Parties? A Comparison of the British Labour Party and the Parti Socialiste”. Parliamentary Affairs, 68(4), pp 794-820. DOI: 10.1093/pa/gsu026.
Faucher Florence (2012), “Vertitudes. Comment interpréter les différences entre verts français et verts britanniques”, Ecologie et Politique, 44, pp. 103-114.
Faucher-King Florence (2008), “La modernisation du parti travailliste, 1994-2007. Succès et difficultés de l’importation du modèle entrepreneurial dans un parti politique”, Politix, 21(81), pp. 125-149.
Faucher-King Florence (2003), "Managing Intra-Party Democracy: Comparing the French Socialist and British Labour Party Conferences", avec Eric Treille, French Politics, 1 (1), pp. 61-82.
Political parties, Political cultures, Political anthropology, Ecology and environment, Activism
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