The expatriate vote in the French presidential and legislative elections of 2012: a case of unintended consequences

Collard, Susan (2013) The expatriate vote in the French presidential and legislative elections of 2012: a case of unintended consequences. Parliamentary Affairs, 66 (1). pp. 213-233. ISSN 0031-2290

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Abstract

In the 2012 legislative elections, 11 new deputies were elected representing newly created constituencies for the French expatriate community. The Right-wing UMP that initiated this legislation expected to create a clutch of safe seats for its own party, because expatriate voters have, since extra-territorial voting was introduced in 1981, always given massive support to the Right. Yet although this trend was maintained for the presidential election, the outcome was unexpectedly reversed for the legislative elections, when only three of the eleven new seats were won by the UMP. This article explains the background to these elections and analyses their results.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue: French presidential and parliamentary elections 2012
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN2301 France
Depositing User: Susan Collard
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 08:24
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2013 08:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42972
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