This two-part study uncovers the French Senate and examines its evolution from keystone of the compromise that created the Republic in 1875 to its consecration as the chambre de la decentralisation in 2003. Volume One examines the place of the Senate in the Third Republic, from its uncertain beginnings to its presence at the forefront of political life in the 1930s. Volume Two traces the unlikely recovery of the upper chamber in 1946, its 'restoration' in 1958 and its rollercoaster relationship with government and the lower house since then.
Paul Smith teaches in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Tables, Maps, Acknowledgements; Preface by David Hanley; Abbreviations, Introduction; Volume I; Part One - LeGrand Conseil des Communes; 1. 'La constitution est un Senat'; 2. Departments, seats and colleges; 3. Becoming a Senator; 4. Being a Senator; Part Two - La Raison de la Republique; 5. Installation; 6. Reform; 7. Citadel of the Republic; 8. The Triumph of the Gauche Democratique; 9. Une chamber de controle; 10. Absolute Bicameralism; Volume II; 1. 'Senat ou pas Senat?'; 2. 'Une remontee continue'; 3. The Senate Restored; 4. Ostracism; 5. Normalization and Bipolarization; 6. Conflict and Stagnation; 7. A House with Windows; 8. Scylla and Charybdis; 9. The Second Restoration; Conclusion, Appendices; Selected Bibliography, Index.