French Politics

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 69–76 | Cite as

The effects of the 2001 French law on multi-holding of electoral mandates

  • Abel FrançoisEmail author
  • Raul Magni-Berton
Data, Measures and Methods


The article assesses the consequences of the 2001 change in French regulation regarding the cumul des mandats, or multi-holding mandates, which restricted the opportunity to simultaneously hold several elective mandates. Comparing before and after the implementation of the new Law, empirical descriptions show that (i) candidates in legislative elections adapted to the new rules by reducing the local mandates held; (ii) candidates also showed a tendency to change the nature of the mandates held. These results can give some insight into the future consequences of the law currently being debated.


France cumul des mandats multiple office-holding local mandates national mandates 



The authors would thank Elizabeth Sheppard for her comments and Emiliano Grossman and Nicolas Sauger who fostered this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EM Strasbourg Business School, University of Strasbourg (LaRGE), and Telecom ParisTech, (Dep. SES)StrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.1030 avenue Centrale, 384000 Saint-Martin-d’Hères, Sciences Po Grenoble, Grenoble University (Pacte)GrenobleFrance

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