Bicameralism under Pressure
Edited by Richard Albert, Antonia Baraggia and Cristina Fasone
Despite the importance of second chambers to the success of constitutional democracies around the world, today many fundamental questions about bicameralism remain understudied and undertheorized. What makes bicameral reform so difficult? Why choose bicameralism over unicameralism? What are the constitutional values of bicameralism? This innovative book addresses these questions and many more from comparative, doctrinal, empirical, historical and theoretical perspectives.
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- Constitutional Reform of National Legislatures
- Foreword: Bicameralism in an age of populism
- Chapter 1: The challenge of reforming bicameralism
- Chapter 2: Bicameralism. Multiple theoretical roots in diverging practices
- Chapter 3: Visible and invisible second chambers in unitary States: Territorializing national legislatures in Italy and the United Kingdom
- Chapter 4: How does the European Union challenge bicameralism? Lessons from the Italian case
- Chapter 5: The scrutiny of EU documents in bicameral systems: Opportunity or weakness?
- Chapter 6: The House of Lords faces up to Brexit
- Chapter 7: Concluding chapter - Bicameralism in multi-tiered systems
- Chapter 8: The shadow of bicameralism in a unicameral state: Dispersed functional bicameralism in Bulgaria?
- Chapter 9: Defending bicameralism and equalising powers: The case of Peru
- Chapter 10: The failed referendum to abolish the Irelands Senate: Rejecting unicameralism in a small and relatively homogenous country
- Chapter 11: Concluding chapter - Unicameralism and masked bicameralism
- Chapter 12: The Sénat Français of the Fifth Republic: The permanent paradox
- Chapter 13: The future of Polands second chamber: Is the Senate still needed?
- Chapter 14: Reshaping the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia
- Chapter 15: Bicameralism(s) in the age of ethnicity: Prospects for reform of legislatures in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Chapter 16: Concluding chapter - Bicameralism as a normative choice in the tension between its reform and its passing
- Chapter 17: Conclusion - What are we to make of bicameralism in the twenty-first century? The reform trap
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