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  • noun The principle and practice of having a single chamber legislative body.


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  • De facto unicameralism works well enough in Canada and the United Kingdom, but having rendered their upper houses basically powerless both countries face a lot of on-again, off-again pressure to make them less silly.

    Matthew Yglesias » Senate “What Ifs” 2010

  • The Netherlands actually does not have a system of unicameralism.

    Matthew Yglesias » Senate “What Ifs” 2010

  • Thus, in practice, the Netherlands more approaches unicameralism than the U.S.

    Matthew Yglesias » Senate “What Ifs” 2010

  • Thought-experiments aside, as best I can tell unicameralism works fine in Nebraska, Denmark, the Netherlands, etc.

    Matthew Yglesias » Senate “What Ifs” 2010

  • I'm sceptical though, because if bicameralism/unicameralism are just two different modes of operation of the brain, how come everybody switched at the same time despite the fact that humanity must have been fragmented all over the place by 3000 BC?

    amuchmoreexotic: I've just finished reading Consciousness amuchmoreexotic 2008

  • Franklin, Benjamin, Autobiography of, in Continental Congress, in Paris, in London, negotiation of peace treaty with England by, unicameralism advocated by

    America's First Dynasty Richard Brookhiser 2002

  • His bugbear was unicameralism, or the one-house legislature, a system—supposedly more democratic than a two-house legislature—that was a favorite of Franklin.

    America's First Dynasty Richard Brookhiser 2002

  • The "blended" House health reform bill is an argument for unicameralism.

    Slate Magazine 2009


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