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Part of Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511823046

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  • This book examines some fifty countries to ascertain how the chambers of bicameral legislatures interact when they produce legislation. An understanding of this interaction is essential because otherwise legislative behaviour in each chamber may be unintelligible or incorrectly interpreted. The book employs cooperative game theoretic models to establish that bicameral legislatures, when compared with unicameral legislatures, increase the stability of the status quo and reduce intercameral differences to one privileged dimension of conflict. Non-cooperative game theoretic models are used to investigate the significance of a series of insitutional devices used to resolve intercameral conflict where a bill is introduced, which chamber has the final word, how many times a bill can shuttle between chambers, and whether conference committees are called. Empirical evidence, mainly from the French Republic, is used to evaluate the arguments.

    • Stresses the previously neglected interaction between the two chambers of bicameral legislatures
    • The study is comparative and includes survey of fifty bicameral legislatures
    • Includes both theoretical (formal) models and empirical tests of those models
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    ' … this is an impressive piece of social science scholarship which merits attention essentially from those in the academic community who are interested in comparative legislatures, the study of federations, and the role of second chambers in contemporary states. It would also serve as a useful primer for those interested in institutional reform … Certainly this comparative study confirms that bicameralism continues to matter.' Commonwealth and Comparative Politics

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511823046
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. History and Geography of Bicameral Diversity:
    1. Bicameralism in historical perspective
    2. The institutions of bicameralism
    Part II. Models of Bicameral Institutions:
    3. The core and the uncovered set of bicameral institutions
    4. A model of intercameral bargaining
    5. A model of conference committees and their proposals
    Part III. Empirical Studies of Bicameralism and Implications:
    6. The outcomes of intercameral bargaining
    7. The process of intercameral bargaining
    8. Conference committees
    9. Implications

  • Authors

    George Tsebelis, University of California, Los Angeles

    Jeannette Money, University of California, Davis

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