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Political Campaigns and Civic Culture. Comparing Canvassing and Party Structures in the Frenchand American 2012 Presidential Campaigns

Abstract : In 2012 the French Socialist Party imported the "Obama method" to organize the widest canvassing experiment of the country, leading to the victory of François Hollande. The direct transfer, as well as the wide similarity of practices on the ground, make these two campaigns a very good lens for comparing French and American civic culture. This article explores these two campaigns from a micro-sociological perspective, based on ethnographic studies carried out in Northern France and California in 2012. While door-to-door practices appear similar on the two sides of the Atlantic, they differ in terms of the room left for politics. While in France, party members politicized the interactions at the door and spoke politics all the time, American volunteers actively avoided it. This difference is linked to the underlying civic norms prevailing in both countries, but also to the party structures in which they take place. While the Obama campaign was carried out by paid organizers and "plug-in" volunteers, in France it was led by long-time party members. In the two cases, despite the intensive grassroots activities of the campaigns, participation has not empowered the participants, engagement appearing too superficial in the US or touching only highly politicized activists in France.
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Julien Talpin. Political Campaigns and Civic Culture. Comparing Canvassing and Party Structures in the Frenchand American 2012 Presidential Campaigns. French Politics, Culture and Society, 2016, French Politics, Culture and Society, 34 (1), pp.11-33. ⟨10.3167/fpcs.2016.340103⟩. ⟨hal-03109322⟩

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