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Mitterrand's Foreign Policy
This paper criticizes the social reform policies of France's ex-President, Francois Mitterrand, in regards to foreign policy.
# 99410 | 1,285 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Nov 06, 2007 in Political Science (Non-U.S.) , European Studies (European Union)

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The paper discusses President Francois Mitterrand's social policies and maintains that these strategies created a foreign policy that separated France from an increasingly globalized world setting. The paper demonstrates how his policy did not reflect an accurate awareness of the requirements of the population within France and the conditions influencing international relations.

Criticism of Socialism

From the Paper:

"Francois Mitterrand intermittently controlled France as the country's President between 1981 through 1995. Mitterrand was aggressively determined to restructure many major aspects of France's infrastructure, including changes to what Mitterrand perceived to be economic and social disparity among citizens from different classes (Brooks, 1987). While Mitterrand's idea of a centrist society was commendable, the strategies that he put into effect suggested a lack of foresight and a willingness to engage in social reform without full recognition of its impact on both the people of France and France's role within foreign policy on a global scale."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brooks, J. E. (May, 1987). The opinion-policy in France: Do institutions and ideology make a difference? Journal of Politics. Vol 49 (2). 465 - 480.
  • Howorth, J. (Autumn, 1984) Consensus of silence: The French Socialist Party and defense policy under Francois Mitterrand. International Affairs. Vol. 60 (4). 579 - 600.
  • Menon, A. (Jan, 1995) From independence to cooperation: France, NATO, and European security. International Affairs. Vol 71 (1). 19 - 34.
  • Smouts, M. (Spring, 1983). The external policy of Francois Mitterrand. International Affairs. Vol 59 (2). 155 - 167.
  • Sprinzak, E. (Sep - Oct, 2000). Rational Fanatics. Foreign Policy. No. 120. 66 - 73.

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