An introduction to the defining aspects of French politics, society and economy in a time of rapid globalization and European integration. The book asks the following questions: how fragile is the French cultural identity in a climate of overwhelming overseas imports?; how have the residual values of grandeur and elitism affected current administrative, political, economic and educational policies?; and what have the effects of modernization and global market forces been on the state, the industry and the social structure of France? This study is aimed at those interested in the changing profile of French society at the end of the 20th century.
. He is also the author of Corruption, Capitalism and Democracy, published by Routledge in 1997. Dr Girling now lives in Toulouse.