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unicameral

Politics of or characterized by a single legislative chamber
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However, unicameralism has long played a role in American democracy, and is currently a celebrated part of the government of Nebraska.
majoritarian is unicameralism. Most superstates provide for bicameral
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.
(185) It seems Lieber had in mind their efforts, or others like them, when he noted that the "unicameral system must be mentioned here as a feature of Gallican liberty, because it is held by all those persons who seem to be the most distinct enunciators of this species of liberty." 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." (186)
When I was first elected to the Nebraska unicameral, non-partisan legislature, I discovered that both of those innovations, unicameralism [a legislature composed of a single body] and nonpartisanship, were the ideas of George Norris.
In the 2000 session, though, Ventura exposed his political inexperience by throwing his substantial political capital into a quixotic crusade for unicameralism, an issue that provoked about as much interest with voters as returning to the gold standard.
A significant proportion of this literature works on a blank canvas, asking about major structural choices such as the choice between unicameralism and bicameralism, between majority and supermajority voting rules, and (with respect to the selection of the legislators themselves) the choice between plurality voting and proportional representation.(16) As discussed below, however, we confine ourselves to incremental proposals, on the assumption that most of the large structural choices about Congress are irrevocably fixed and that any design improvements that are practically attainable will come only at the margins.
Senate Media Services goes beyond gavel to gavel, turning out a variety of civic education materials--a piece on what it's like to be a legislator, press conferences with legislators and features on high-profile issues such as unicameralism, which is being championed by Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, but resisted by the Legislature.
In his great works of political theory, his multivolume Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America and his Discourses on Davila, Adams attacked the idea, popular among French philosophes, that unicameralism was the best form of government.
Unicameralism should therefore foster turnout." [44] Moreover, Mark Franklin and Wolfgang Hirezy de Mino see low turnout less narrowly as a function of bicameralism but more broadly as endemic to separated powers, which "reduce the likelihood of enactin g campaign promises, raise the information costs of assessing government performance, and dilute clear accountability." [45] To be sure, the recent literature on comparative turnout points an accusatory finger at federalism.