Friday, January 4, 2008

Political Heritability

Pierre Mauroy's niece will run on the UMP list in Lille against Martine Aubry (Jacques Delors's daughter). Mauroy of course used to be the Socialist boss of the city and the region. Political coloration in France used to be a highly heritable trait. It would be interesting to have statistical studies of changing patterns of political heritability. Does anyone know of any? Prosopographic studies of well-known political families would also be interesting. My hunch is that there is a good deal of fluidity in the center of the political spectrum, where the left-right identification has lost some of its meaning.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, François Mitterrand is well-known for leading the Socialist party, while coming from a resolutely conservative family. However, I conceed that his family name wasn't a political trademark.

Unknown said...

Well, yes, and Chirac started out vaguely on the left, but these are exceptions that prove the rule.

Anonymous said...

And we could add that Chirac had kind of a complex of not being from the left; while Mitterrand carried out a right wing kind of policy.

Nevertheless, if there are little or very unclear differencies between left and right today, people tend to belong a political family. Tradition is strong in France...