How did President Macron build a new political party? And will it last?

Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 - 17:30
Blavatnik School of Government, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

A panel discussion with Guillaume Liegey, Sudhir Hazareesingh and Pepper Culpepper

Emmanuel Macron built a new political movement, En Marche (later renamed La Republique en Marche—LREM), which catapulted him to victory in the French presidential and legislative elections. The new movement was particularly attractive at a time of weakness and decline for the established parties of the left. From the initial success of LREM, it seemed to be possible to rapidly transform a broad-based democratic movement into a governing party.

Enthusiasm for President Macron and for his party has since waned. In this discussion, we will seek to understand how the French president was able to build a new party so quickly, and how the successes and idealism of its creation have been challenged by the demands of governing. We will also consider how individuals can have an impact on the political landscape.

This event is free and open to all. To attend, please register here.


Guillaume Liegey is the head of Liegey Muller Pons, an electoral consultancy that played a central role in helping use modern data analysis to help build this new political movement.

Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh is a Lecturer in Politics at Balliol College and an expert observer of French politics.

The event will be moderated by Pepper Culpepper, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.