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France: Never a Golden Age

Andrew Knapp

in Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199240562
eISBN:
9780191600296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199240566.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

General Charles de Gaulle, founder of the Fifth French Republic in 1958, was a bitter opponent of the unchecked power of political parties, for which he blamed the failure of earlier Republics, but ... More


Electoral Systems and Party Systems: A Study of Twenty-Seven Democracies, 1945-1990

Arend Lijphart

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273479
eISBN:
9780191684050
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273479.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

An electoral system is the most fundamental element of representative democracy, translating citizen's votes into representatives' seats. It is also the most potent practical instrument available to ... More


Disproportionality, Multipartism, and Majority Victories

Arend Lijphart

in Electoral Systems and Party Systems: A Study of Twenty-Seven Democracies, 1945-1990

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273479
eISBN:
9780191684050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273479.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter discusses the main political consequences of an electoral system. These are the effects of the electoral system on the proportionality and disproportionality of the electoral outcomes ... More


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