Fabio Padovano, Nicolas Gavoille

Legislative Cycles in a Semipresidential System

Volume 173 () / Issue 3, pp. 470-497 (28)

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The political-legislation-cycle theory predicts a peak of legislative production in the pre-electoral period, when the legislator focuses on voters' welfare in order to be reelected. This paper tests the theory on the French semipresidential system, characterized by direct election of both the executive and the legislative branch. We use a data set that encompasses all the legislation passed in France from 1959 to 2012 at a monthly rate, and find a dual cycle of the production of laws, connected to both the presidential and the legislative elections. (JEL: D72, C49, H61, H62)

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