Pages tagged "Europe"


Gender Parity: A Case for Fair Voting and Party Rules

Posted on What's New on February 28, 2013

The United States trails behind ninety-one countries for women's representation in its national legislature . Ranking behind most industrialized democracies, women fill a mere eighteen percent of U.S. Congressional seats. Many factors contribute to the level of descriptive representation (representation that reflects the electorate) present in a state's government. Two striking influences on representation are structural and institutional: the electoral system in place and the party rules employed. 

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Czech Republic Holds First Popular Election for President

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on January 29, 2013

On January 26, Czech citizens had the chance to directly elect their president for the first time since the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993. They used a national popular vote with a majority runoff to do it.

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Putin Orders Return to Parallel Electoral System for Russian Duma

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on January 07, 2013

Do not be fooled by Vladimir Putin's claims that the reintroduction of single-member, winner-take-all seats to the Russian Duma will be a step towards a fairer and freer democracy in Russia. It is instead a step towards the continuation of one-party rule.

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Ukrainian Elections Are Another Example of Partisan Bias Caused by Winner-Take-All

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on November 26, 2012

Think the U.S. House elections had a structural bias in favor of one party? The partisan bias in Ukraine's parliamentary elections, held just a week before the American elections, was even worse. 

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France May Introduce a Little Bit of Proportional Representation to its Legislative Elections

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on November 12, 2012

Proportional representation may be coming to the French legislature--or at least 10% of it.

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Putin's United Russia Wins Resounding Victories in Local Elections

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on October 18, 2012

As the results of Russia's October 14 local elections show, the rumors of United Russia's death have been greatly exaggerated. But did Vladimir Putin's party manipulate Russia's electoral laws to keep power?

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Opposition Parties Win First Round of Lithuanian Elections

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on October 16, 2012

Lithuania's conservative government is likely to be toppled following a defeat in the October 14 national elections. Lithuania uses a combination of open list proportional representation and a winner-take-all runoff system based on geographic constituencies to elect its legislature.

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Electing Lords: A Unique Opportunity for Electoral Reform in the British Upper House

Posted on What's New on July 31, 2012

A lordship, by its very definition, has historically not been an elected office. But there is a strong movement in the British House of Commons to transform the upper house of the British parliament, the House of Lords, into a largely elected body based on proportional representation. This reform is long overdue. 

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French Elections: Preview of May 6 Runoff

Posted on What's New by Hüseyin Koyuncu on May 04, 2012

The French presidential election of 2012 is the 10th presidential election in the 5th Republic and the 9th election by direct universal suffrage. The winner will serve a term of five years. The first round was held on April 22 and the runoff will take place on Sunday, May 6.

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France Elects a New President: Analysis and Five Notable Facts

Posted on What's New by Hüseyin Koyuncu on May 04, 2012

France elected a new president on May 6 in a majority runoff in which Francois Hollande defeated incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy. FairVote's director and FairVote intern Huseyin Koyuncu, a French student from Sciences Po, report on the election and five notable facts about how France votes.

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