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The Gilets Jaunes and the New Social Contract

Charles Devellennes


This book provides a detailed account of the gilets jaunes, the yellow vest movement that has shaken France since 2018. The gilets jaunes are a group of French protesters named after their iconic yellow vests worn during their demonstrations, who have formed a new type of social movement. They have been variously interpreted since they began their occupation of French roundabouts: at first received with enthusiasm on the right of the French political establishment, and with caution on the left. They have provided a fundamental challenge to the social contract in France, the implicit pact betwe ... More

Keywords: gilets jaunes, France, social contract, representative polities, state, individual, social movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529212204
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529212204.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Devellennes, author
University of Kent