PLS 140 11/19/07
UK – Parliamentary, Bicameral, SMD-Plurality, two party, unitary, common
law, no judicial review.
France – semi-pres, bicameral, SMD-Majority Runoff, multiparty, unitary,
code law, judicial review.
Germany- parliamentary, bicameral, mixed, multiparty, federal, code law,
President is elected by popular vote to five year terms using majority runoff.
No term limit.
Members of senate (senat) are elected by indirect vote to 9 year terms. Local
gov’t officials are electors.
Members of national assembly are elected by popular vote under single
Head of state Nicolas Sarcozy serves a 5 year term, head of UMP
(conservative party). Law and order, economic revitalization, friendlier to US.
Directly elected since 1962.
Prime Minister, Francois Fillon (also UMP) can issue decrees but subject to
conditions set by council of state (admin court). Basically, laws passed by
parliament, and PM= chief executive.