Tuula Vaarakallio, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher's project, Academy of Finland (1.1.2007-31.12.2010) 

University of Jyväskylä
Political Science / Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy 

E-mail: tuula.vaarakallio(a)jyu.fi


Against the Bavardage. Moments of French Antiparliamentary Rhetoric 

The research project concentrates on various forms of French antiparliamentarism and on criticisms of representative forms of government. I examine how the antipathy to the useless parliamentary bavardage is formulated in the antiparliamentary rhetoric, that is, for example, on what grounds weighting of alternatives and parliamentary disputes are rejected. I also focus on how the hostility of parliamentarism of various political forces is connected either to the exaltation of democracy or to the criticism of it. I highlight certain historical periods and moments of French antiparliamentarism, particularly drawing attention to the turn of the 20th Century and the Belle Epoque when the parliamentary republic was severely criticised by both the extreme right and the extreme left.