A New Index of Bicameralism: Taking Legitimacy Seriously

Mueller, Sean; Vatter, Adrian; Dick, Sereina (2021). A New Index of Bicameralism: Taking Legitimacy Seriously. The Journal of Legislative Studies, pp. 1-25. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/13572334.2021.1996753

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Second chambers frequently form part of national institutional configurations, but their impact on policy making can vary from negligible to all-important veto players. The standard approach is to assess their importance via two dimensions: formal powers and compositional differences vis-à-vis the first chamber. In this paper, we conceptualise a third dimension: the legitimacy of second chambers. We subsequently measure the strength of second chambers in 14 countries and develop a new index of bicameralism. Running several quantitative analyses with a total sample of 29 OECD countries, we show how this index is significantly correlated to lower state intervention in the economy and greater regional autonomy.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Müller, Sean and Vatter, Adrian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1357-2334

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rahel Freiburghaus

Date Deposited:

02 Dec 2021 10:23

Last Modified:

02 Dec 2021 10:23

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/13572334.2021.1996753

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/160741

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