Friday, November 9, 2012

The Jospin Report

The Jospin Commission has submitted its report, which recommends limiting but not banning le cumul des mandats, electing 58 of 577 deputies via proportional representation (which favors third parties and is backed by the FN, for instance), and requiring 150,000 citizen signatures rather than 500 signatures of elected officials for a presidential nomination.

No sooner was the report submitted than it was attacked in Mediapart by one of the commission members, the constitutionalist Dominique Rousseau, who submitted his own minority report. Rousseau faults the commission for lacking audacity, limiting its ambitions to what it knew in advance the political class would tolerate, and failing to recognize the degree to which the "bond" between citizens and representatives has frayed. In his view, much more sweeping changes are needed.

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