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Title: No sex scandals please, we're French: French attitudes towards politicians' public and private conduct
Authors: Sarmiento-Mirwaldt, K
Allen, N
Birch, S
Keywords: ‘Public' spheres;‘Private' spheres;Political misconduct;France
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Royal Holloway University of London, West European Politics
Citation: West European Politics, 37:5, 2014
Abstract: The notion of distinct ‘public' and ‘private' spheres underpins much normative and practical engagement with political misconduct. What is less clear is whether citizens draw distinctions between misdemeanours in the 'public' and ‘private' spheres, and whether they judge these in systematically different ways. This paper explores attitudes to political misconduct in France. French citizens are often said to be particularly relaxed about politicians' private affairs, but there has been little empirical evidence for this proposition. Drawing on original survey data, this paper demonstrates clearly that French citizens draw a sharp distinction between politicians' public and private transgressions, and are more tolerant of the latter.
ISSN: 0140-2382
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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