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The Reform of the Electoral System in Romania and the Representation of National Minorities in Parliament

The Reform of the Electoral System in Romania and the Representation of National Minorities in... Monica Căluşer * Th e Reform of the Electoral System in Romania and the Representation of National Minorities in Parliament I. Introduction Th e year  has brought relevant changes to the Romanian electoral system both at national and local levels, changes that will infl uence not only the majority represen- tation in the parliament, but also the participation of the national minorities in the political sphere. At the national level, Romania has changed the electoral system from a propor- tional list system to a mixed system that combines the plurality vote with the propor- tional list vote and has an electoral threshold of %. For the local election, the changes were less considerable, aff ecting only the county council and its leadership position. If at the local level the changes have led to an increase in minority representa- tion, for the national elections the impact will diff er for the largest minorities from the small ones and for the ones that are territorially concentrated from the dispersed ones. Although the system preserves the reserved-seats system for the national minorities that do not manage to obtain a seat in parliament otherwise, the new legislation also off ers the possibility http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

The Reform of the Electoral System in Romania and the Representation of National Minorities in Parliament

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90001658
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Abstract

Monica Căluşer * Th e Reform of the Electoral System in Romania and the Representation of National Minorities in Parliament I. Introduction Th e year  has brought relevant changes to the Romanian electoral system both at national and local levels, changes that will infl uence not only the majority represen- tation in the parliament, but also the participation of the national minorities in the political sphere. At the national level, Romania has changed the electoral system from a propor- tional list system to a mixed system that combines the plurality vote with the propor- tional list vote and has an electoral threshold of %. For the local election, the changes were less considerable, aff ecting only the county council and its leadership position. If at the local level the changes have led to an increase in minority representa- tion, for the national elections the impact will diff er for the largest minorities from the small ones and for the ones that are territorially concentrated from the dispersed ones. Although the system preserves the reserved-seats system for the national minorities that do not manage to obtain a seat in parliament otherwise, the new legislation also off ers the possibility

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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