VoteWorld Comparative Parliamentary Roll-Call Voting Reference File


Basic Information:
Parliament website: (national assembly), (senate)
Size of parliament: 577 (national assembly), 331 (senate)
Form of government: semi-presidential
Electoral system: majority/single-member districts (national assembly), electoral college (senate)
Continuous democracy since: 1945
Last parliamentary election: 9 and 16 June 2002
Freedom House political freedom score in 2004: 1
Population: 60.4 million


Browne, Eric C. and Keith E. Hamm, “Legislative Politics and the
Paradox of Voting: Electoral Reform in Fourth Republic France ,” British
Journal of Political Science 26:2 (1996): 165-198.

MacRae, Duncan, Jr. (1967) Parliament, Parties, and Society in France 1946-1958, New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Rosenthal Howard and Erik Voeten (2004) Analyzing Roll Calls with Perfect Spatial Voting: France 1946–1958, American Journal of Political Science 48(3): 620-632.

Wilson, Frank L. and Richard Wiste (1976) ‘Party Cohesion in the French National Assembly: 1958-1973’, Legislative Studies Quarterly 1: 467-490.

Wood, David M. and Jack T. Pitzer, “Comparing Parliamentary Voting on European Issues in France and Britain ,” Legislative Studies Quarterly 7: 101-117.

Contact: Erik Voeten (George Washington University)
Period covered: 1946-1958

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