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 104,376 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Maurice Duverger is the 13th most popular political scientist, the 1,137th most popular biography from France (up from 1,296th 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 Ralf Dahrendorf, Benedict Anderson, Georg Jellinek, Robert A. Dahl, Christian Lous Lange, and Johan Galtung. After him are Gene Sharp, David Easton, Joseph Nye, Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut, Aleksandr Dugin, and Muhammad Asad.

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Among people born in 1917, Maurice Duverger ranks 46Before him are Joan Clarke, Robert Burns Woodward, Danielle Darrieux, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Thelonious Monk, and Violeta Parra. After him are Dinu Lipatti, Susan Hayward, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Vera Lynn, Leonid Hurwicz, and Leonora Carrington. Among people deceased in 2014, Maurice Duverger ranks 47Before him are Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, Pete Seeger, Karlheinz Böhm, Gerald Edelman, Luise Rainer, and Yozo Aoki. After him are P. D. James, Rubin Carter, Hans Hollein, Gyula Grosics, Udo Jürgens, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Duverger ranks 1,137 out of 5,234Before him are Paulinus of Nola (354), Ambroise Thomas (1811), Lúcio Costa (1902), Marcel Pagnol (1895), Clément Janequin (1485), and Françoise Dorléac (1942). After him are Alain Touraine (1925), Charles I, Duke of Bourbon (1401), Aimé Jacquet (1941), Julien Green (1900), Jean-Louis Barrault (1910), and Stéphane Grappelli (1908).


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