[EM] Stable PR governments

Herman Beun chbeun at worldonline.nl
Thu Aug 26 06:32:33 PDT 1999

Dear Markus,

> In 1971, the term of the Swedish parliament was reduced from
> four years to three years.
> There were ordinary elections in 1973, in 1976, in 1979,
> in 1982, in 1985, in 1988, in 1991, and in 1994.
> And then the term was changed to four years.

You are absolutely right there, sorry. I could have known had I 
looked more carefully at the tables with election data and not just 
concentrated on the text. :-(

> In short: The main reason, why there were no extraordinary
> elections in Sweden since 1971, is simply the fact, that
> the parliament was elected for three years most of the time.

However, I am still not convinced that this conclusion is correct,
even though I lack information disproving it... ;-)

> Before 1970, there were extraordinary elections
> in Sweden in 1887, in 1914, and in 1958.

In a bicameral system, which may generate completely different 
problems than a unicameral one (like Sweden has since 1971), 
e.g. government majorities in second chamber, opposition majority 
in first. Conclusion: we need more info ;-) I'll have a look.

Thanks for the link with constitutions BTW. I knew it already, but 
lost the address.


Herman Beun              Arnhem, Gelderland, Nederland, EU 
CHBeun at worldonline.nl     http://www.euronet.nl/~in000622/
Opschudding in D66: http://welcome.to/opschudding
Representative democracy is a contradiction in 4 year terms

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