Constitutional Reform of National Legislatures
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Constitutional Reform of National Legislatures

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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Chapter 14: Reshaping the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia

Dušan Štrus


Slovenia has a bicameral system with a weak upper chamber. The National Council of the Republic of Slovenia has inadequate constitutional regulation, which has been partly overcome by the Constitutional Court’s case law over the last 25 years. There has been a discussion about more or less successful prospective constitutional and legislative reforms of the National Council and also some ideas and one formal proposal about its abolishment. In recent years, great efforts have been made to change the law regulating the procedure to amend bills after the veto of the National Council has been opposed.

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