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 17: Conclusion - What are we to make of bicameralism in the twenty-first century? The reform trap

Cristina Fasone

Abstract

In today’s world of crisis of liberal constitutionalism, what are the virtues and pitfalls of bicameralism? In other words, to what extent does bicameralism constitute a bulwark against the ‘democratic decay’ or, rather, is it (a small) part of the problem?

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