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A francophone political culture? Similarities and differences among French speakers in Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and France

Mueller, Sean, Dardanelli, Paolo, Reuchamps, Min, Bundi, Pirmin, Lecours, André, Niessen, Christoph (2024) A francophone political culture? Similarities and differences among French speakers in Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and France. French Politics, 22 . pp. 115-135. ISSN 1476-3419. E-ISSN 1476-3427. (doi:10.1057/s41253-024-00244-5) (KAR id:106202)

Abstract

This paper explores whether language shapes political culture by examining the case of French and a possible transnational francophone political culture. Using original survey data from Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and France collected in autumn 2020, we find only small within-country differences between francophones and non-francophones and limited transnational alignment. National patterns dominate even in multilingual federations with divided media landscapes and centrifugal politics. Only regarding feminism and drug policy do we find evidence of a common francophone orientation. In both domains, French mother tongue is correlated with the same distinct attitude regarding the role of the state compared to non-French speakers. These findings suggest that language is indeed related to political culture, albeit in a circumscribed manner. We thus contribute to scholarship on political behaviour and multicultural federalism by exploring how language shapes attitudes for individuals and groups alike.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/s41253-024-00244-5
Uncontrolled keywords: attitudes, survey, language, multilingual, political culture, comparative politics
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2024 14:08 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 02:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/106202 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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