The French National Assembly Elections of 1978

The French National Assembly Elections of 1978

The French National Assembly Elections of 1978

The French National Assembly Elections of 1978

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The French National Assembly Elections of 1978 is the second study of a French election published by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Both this and the earlier volume, analyzing the 1974 presidential election, are in the At the Polls series, which now includes publications describing elections in thirteen democratic countries and will eventually cover at least two elections in each of nineteen countries.

These democracies have very different political and historical backgrounds and employ a variety of electoral systems. Great Britain and Switzerland have conducted elections continuously for centuries. A number of the other countries have either returned to democracy or held free elections for the first time since World War II. In 1977 India demonstrated a continuing commitment to the free choice of its rulers in the face of an authoritarian threat, and Spain and Greece elected national legislatures after periods of authoritarian rule. Roughly half of the countries studied employ some form of proportional representation. A half dozen use one of several forms of the single-member- district system. The Irish Dáil and Australian Senate use versions of the single transferable vote. The unique Japanese system restricts each voter to the choice of one candidate in districts from which three to five legislators are elected.

In addition to the individual country studies, the series includes a description of the first direct election of representatives from nine countries to the European Parliament, scheduled for publication in 1980. Also expected in 1980 is Democracy at the Polls, a volume written by a dozen American and foreign experts who have examined . . .

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