- About the Contributors
- Formal Models of Legislatures
- The Sociology of Legislators and Legislatures
- Typologies and Classifications
- Roll-Call Analysis and the Study of Legislatures
- Words as Data: Content Analysis in Legislative Studies
- Debate and Deliberation in Legislatures
- Interviews and Surveys in Legislative Research
- The Experimental Study of Legislative Behaviour
- Candidate Selection: Implications and Challenges for Legislative Behaviour
- The Effect of Electoral Institutions on Legislative Behaviour
- Gender and Legislatures
- Roles in Legislatures
- Legislative Careers
- Procedure and Rules in Legislatures
- The Politics of Bicameralism
- Political Parties and Legislators
- Party Discipline
- Legislative Party Switching
- Legislative Institutions and Coalition Government
- Institutional Foundations of Legislative Agenda-Setting
- Legislatures and Public Finance
- Legislatures, Lobbying, and Interest Groups
- Legislatures and Foreign Policy
- Common Agency? Legislatures and Bureaucracies
- Political Behaviour in the European Parliament
- Sub-National Legislatures
- The Study of Legislatures in Latin America
- Legislatures in Central and Eastern Europe
- Authoritarian Legislatures
- Reluctant Democrats and Their Legislatures
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Bicameralism is easy to identify but hard to measure. The fact that a constitution specifies two legislative chambers often obscures rather than illuminates the relative influence of the respective chambers, how the necessity of negotiating across chambers affects the conduct of politics, or the extent to which consideration in a second chamber might alter legislative content. Moreover, studying bicameralism is problematic because, as with most political institutions, its effects emerge from processes that are often invisible to observers. Consequently, it can be difficult to identify fruitful avenues of research or to determine whether or how bicameralism matters at all. We build on previous studies of bicameralism and its effects to suggest first, areas of research that cry out for more careful consideration of bicameralism; and second, an index based on a working definition of and a measurement strategy for second-chamber powers—i.e. the extent to which bicameralism should matter.
William B. Heller is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Binghamton University.
Diana M. Branduse is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science, Binghamton University.
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