unicameralism


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unicameralism

1. a representative form of government with a single legislative chamber.
2. an advocacy of unicameral structure. — unicameralist, n.unicameral, adj.
See also: Government
Translations
monocaméralismemonocamérisme
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When the vice presidency was established, the country had decided to experiment with unicameralism and there was no way you could have an executive official presiding over its sessions.
This may be facilitated by a unitary constitution, unicameralism, plurality electoral laws (or majoritarian two-round systems) leading to two-party systems, governing party domination of legislative committees, no constitutional provisions for supermajorities, no or weak judicial review, and so forth--in other words, few veto players.
4) Despite these efforts, many jurisdictions during the twentieth century radically reformed their upper houses or moved toward different forms of unicameralism, and in a number of countries (such as the United Kingdom and Ireland), discussions of this nature continue.
177) This helps explain why at the Constitutional Convention, Pennsylvania president Benjamin Franklin openly suggested unicameralism as an answer to origination issues.
Both tradition that defines and represents it due to its link to the being of the Romanian state, as well as the enunciated advantages constitute powerful reasons of reflection upon opting for one of the two formulae: unicameralism or bicameralism.
The reasons have been because of reduced scrutiny of legislation due to unicameralism (Letters, April 14, 2004), unnecessary duplication of laws (Letters, October 1, 2002) and lack of effective use of time due to having to implement EU Directives on top on Welsh law (Letters, February 20, 2004).
While the Constitution's critics consider enhancing the powers of Congress with unicameralism, they would sharply limit those of the president in various ways.
However, unicameralism has long played a role in American democracy, and is currently a celebrated part of the government of Nebraska.
The federal or centralized character of the system, the size of the winning coalition and the distinction between unicameralism and bicameralism (Lijphart, 1999) should also be considered and incorporated in the analysis.
Others will argue that a second chamber, as a check on the power of the executive government and of the House of Commons, is so essential that even a body as imperfect as our present Senate is better than unicameralism.
Linking the call for unicameralism with a desire to substitute centralized government for American federalism (an agenda that at least one German immigrant leader came to advocate), Lieber wrote: "The partiality for a legislature of one house is a necessary consequence of the French idea of unity in the government or the unity of the state, and actual abhorrence of confederacies.