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Special Discount–New Book–“Constitutional Reform of National Legislatures: Bicameralism under Pressure”

Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor in Law and Professor of Government, The University of Texas at Austin

I-CONnect is pleased to share a special 35% discount code for our readers interested in a new book entitled Constitutional Reform of National Legislatures: Bicameralism under Pressure (Edward Elgar, 2019), edited by Richard Albert (Texas), Antonia Baraggia (Milan), and Cristina Fasone (LUISS).

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Here is the book’s description:

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.

Featuring contributions from leading and emerging scholars in the field, this book provides a timely account of the tensions between bicameralism and its reform, demonstrating for the first time how this relates to the protection of liberal democracy and the rule of law. Contributors analyse the pressures that contemporary constitutional politics exert on bicameralism in an array of countries and legal systems, including the complex relationships between the EU and national second chambers.

And here are the contents of the volume:


Bicameralism in an Age of Populism
Meg Russell


1. The Challenge of Reforming Bicameralism
Richard Albert, Antonia Baraggia and Cristina Fasone

Part I–Theories and Challenges to Bicameralism: Multi-tiered Government Systems and the EU

2. Bicameralism. Multiple Theoretical Roots in Diverging Practices
Maria Romaniello

3. ‘Visible’ and ‘Invisible’ Second Chambers in Unitary States. ‘Territorialising’ National Legislatures in Italy and the United Kingdom
Barbara Guastaferro

4. How Does the European Union Challenge Bicameralism? Lessons from the Italian Case
Pietro Faraguna

5. The Scrutiny of EU Documents in Bicameral System. Opportunity or Weakness?
Wouter Wolfs and Caterina Cigala

6. The House of Lords faces up to Brexit
Peter Leyland

7. Bicameralism in Multi-tiered Systems
Patricia Popelier

Part II–Challenging Unicameralism

8. The Shadow of Bicameralism in a Unicameral State: Dispersed Functional Bicameralism in Bulgaria?
Mihail Vatsov and Polina Vakleva

9. Defending Bicameralism and Equalizing Powers: the Case of Peru
Diego Serra

10. The Failed Referendum to Abolish the Ireland’s Senate: Rejecting Unicameralism in a Small and Relatively Homogenous Country
David Kenny

11. Unicameralism and “Masked” Bicameralism
Cristina Fasone

Part III–Reforming or Abolishing the Upper House?

12. The Sénat Français of the Fifth Republic: The Permanent Paradox
Priscilla Jensel Monge

13. The Future of Poland’s Second Chamber: Is the Senate Still Needed?
Katarzyna Granat

14. Reshaping the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia
Dušan Štrus

15. Bicameralism(s) in the Age of Ethnicity: Prospects for Reform of Legislatures in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nedim Kulenović

16. Bicameralism As a Normative Choice In the Tension Between Its Reform and Its Passing
Giovanni Piccirilli


What Are We To Make of Bicameralism in the Twentieth-First Century? The Reform Trap
Cristina Fasone


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