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Maurice Duverger

1917 - 2014

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Maurice Duverger (5 June 1917 – 16 December 2014) was a French jurist, sociologist, political scientist and politician born in Angoulême, Charente. Starting his career as a jurist at the University of Bordeaux, Duverger became more and more involved in political science and in 1948 founded one of the first faculties for political science in Bordeaux, France. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Duverger has received more than 135,261 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Maurice Duverger is the 13th most popular political scientist, the 1,170th most popular biography from France (down from 1,134th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Political Scientist.

Maurice Duverger is most famous for his work on the law of electoral systems. His theory is that a single-member district plurality system (SMDP) leads to a two-party system, while proportional representation (PR) leads to a multi-party system.

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Among political scientists, Maurice Duverger ranks 13 out of 29Before him are Hans Morgenthau, Christian Lous Lange, Benedict Anderson, Ralf Dahrendorf, Robert A. Dahl, and Johan Galtung. After him are Gene Sharp, Joseph Nye, Aleksandr Dugin, David Easton, Muhammad Asad, and Robert D. Putnam.

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Among people born in 1917, Maurice Duverger ranks 51Before him are Ko Arima, Andrew Huxley, John Kendrew, Jack Kirby, Leonid Hurwicz, and Violeta Parra. After him are Rodney Robert Porter, Dinu Lipatti, Leonora Carrington, David McClelland, Manolete, and Masahiko Kimura. Among people deceased in 2014, Maurice Duverger ranks 41Before him are Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Robert A. Dahl, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, Karlheinz Böhm, and Daniel Keyes. After him are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Pete Seeger, Dobrica Ćosić, Stephanie Kwolek, Udo Jürgens, and James Garner.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Duverger ranks 1,170 out of 6,011Before him are Jacques I, Prince of Monaco (1689), Albert Roussel (1869), Flora Tristan (1803), Suzanne Lenglen (1899), Antoine-Augustin Parmentier (1737), and Georges Prêtre (1924). After him are Jacques Ibert (1890), Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780), Jean Mabillon (1632), James II of Majorca (1243), Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais (1782), and Antipope Gregory VIII (1100).


Among political scientists born in France, Maurice Duverger ranks 2Before him are Étienne de La Boétie (1530). After him are Olivier Roy (1949).