Welcome to the French Politics and AFSP Groups website. Since 2010, with the creation of related group with the AFSP the group has been co convened by Sylvian Brouard (Sciences Po Bordeaux) and Amy Mazur (Washington State University). Both groups are "related groups" of the American Political Science Association. Since 2000, the FPG has organized around the premise of placing the study of French Politics in a comparative perspective and, as a result, has been attracting a growing audience to its panels and activities. It currently has 230 members from nine countries and has co sponsored/sponsored on average 5 panels each year at the annual APSA meetings.
A major part of our work is to promote international collaboration among political scientists working on France. To this end, we produce a joint newsletter with the French Politics and Policy Group of the Political Studies Association, work regularly with the Association Française de Science Politique (AFSP), including the 2007 workshop on methodology at the Toulouse conference, the Stanley Hoffmann Award and a larger project on mapping French Political Science. The FPG also has produced its first book, The French Fifth Republic at Fifty: Beyond Stereotypes, edited by Sylvain Brouard, Andrew Appleton and Amy Mazur and published by Palgrave. We also receive regular financial support from Sciences Po- Paris, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po- Bordeaux, the French Embassy in the USA, AFSP, the French Politics Group of the PSA, and the journal, French Politics, Culture and Society. A recent article on the FPG in PS: Political Science provides more details on this collaboration.

The group has three Awards—the Frank L. Wilson Best APSA Paper Award, the Georges Lavau Best Dissertation Award and the Stanley Hoffmann Best Article Award. In the context of awarding our first Stanley Hoffmann award for the best article on French Politics in English, we identified 233 articles on French politics—the list of the abstracts of those articles as well as the list of consulted journals can be downloaded from our site. We have also posted some of the dissertations that were submitted for the Best Dissertation Prize Awarded in 2008. We have here a collection of syllabi on teaching French Politics as well.

To become a member or for questions about the group please contact us at s.brouard@sciencespobordeaux.fr.