Representing Regions, Challenging Bicameralism: An Introduction


This special issue publishes a number of conference papers presented at the conference ‘Representing Regions, Challenging Bicameralism’ that took place on 22 and 23 March 2018 at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. In this issue, the developments of European bicameral parliaments in (quasi-)federal states are dealt with as well as the political impact of shared rule and alternative models to second chambers. Several papers compare the organizational and functional design of territorial second chambers. Finally, closer examination is given to the EU’s Committee of Regions and the second chambers in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

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  • Baldwin Nicholas D.J. and Shell Donald (eds), 2002, Second Chambers, Frank Cass, London.

  • Bradley Anthony W. and Pinelli Cesare, 2012, ‘Parliamentarism’, in Rosenfeld Michel and Sajó András (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 650-670.

  • Coakley John, 2014, ‘The Strange Revival of Bicameralism’, The Journal of Legislative Studies, XX(4): 542-572.

  • Luther Jörg, Passaglia Paolo and Tarchi Rolando (eds), 2006, A World of Second Chambers, Giuffrè Editore, Milan.

  • Luther Jörg, 2006, ‘The Search for a Constitutional Geography and Historiography of Second Chambers’, in Luther Jörg, Passaglia Paolo and Tarchi Rolando (eds), A World of Second Chambers, Giuffrè Editore, Milan, 3-31.

  • Palermo Francesco and Kössler Karl, 2017, Comparative Federalism, Hart, Oxford.

  • Patterson Samuel C. and Mughan Anthony (eds), 1999, Senates: Bicameralism in the Contemporary World, Ohio State University Press, Columbus.

  • Riescher Gisela, Ruß Sabine and Haas Christoph M. (eds), 2010, Zweite Kammern, Oldenbourg Verlag, Munich.

  • Russell Meg, 2000, Reforming the House of Lords: Lessons from Overseas, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

  • Russell Meg, 2001, ‘The Territorial Role of Second Chambers’, in Baldwin Nicholas D.J. and Shell Donald (eds), Second Chambers, Frank Cass, London, 105-118.

  • Scharpf Fritz W., 1976, ‘Theorie der Politikverflechtung’, in Scharpf Fritz W., Reissert Bernd and Schnabel Fritz, Politikverflechtung: Theorie und Empirie des kooperativen Föderalismus in der Bundesrepublik, Scriptor Verlag, Kronberg, 13-66.

  • Watts Ronald L., 2008, Comparing Federal Systems, 3rd edition. McGill-Queen´s University Press, Montreal.


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