Unicameral System


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Unicameral System

 

in state law, the structure of a legislative body composed of one chamber. The unicameral system is found as a rule in unitary states. For instance, in the USSR the Supreme Soviets of the Union and of autonomous republics are unicameral bodies. (See alsoBICAMERAL SYSTEM.)

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Alaska might explore a unicameral system largely because of its size--a single legislature with smaller districts for each legislator would allow for better constituent services, particularly in large rural districts.
(15) New Zeeland, starting with 1950, and Denmark, starting with 1953, adopted the unicameral system (Ion Deleanu, Drept constitusional si institutii politice.
On the possibility of introducing a unicameral system as once indicated by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, the committee said it will postpone the decision until the House of Councillors election is held this summer.
Some MPs genuinely believe in a unicameral system. Many countries, such as Israel and Sweden, only have one chamber, and seem to manage quite well.
Nebraska operates under a unicameral system, meaning there is only one body - - a 49-member Senate - - rather than a separate house and senate, which is the case in all other states.
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The president supports the formation of a "Turkish-style" presidential system -- which would involve keeping the unicameral system rather than shifting to a bicameral one like in the US.
The next day, however, they voted to approve a bicameral legislature and not the unicameral system under which Congress would have only one representative in the JBC, he said.
Arroyo said the wordings of Section 8, Article 8 of the Constitution were taken in the context of a unicameral system, when the country is shifting to a bicameral system.
Some very real questions arise from the contemplation of abolition -- questions which are seldom, if ever, addressed -- such as: What benefits would flow from such a radical change?; How would the function and composition of the House of Commons have to change?; How might a unicameral system provide for check and balance on the executive and on the legislative role of the House of Commons, given the extensive power the executive has developed over the House by virtue of the party system?(14)
The president supports the formation of a "Turkish-style" presidential system -- a strong unicameral system rather than a bicameral one, which he says will help the country's development by eliminating "multi-headedness" in state governance and thus pave the way for a more effective decision-making system.
I also defend a unicameral system, not dual one," Erdoy-an said, revealing that he envisages a presidential system in which the president is a king-like figure.