Does Bicameralism Matter?

Michael Cutrone and Nolan McCarty

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Does Bicameralism Matter?

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This article reviews and analyzes many arguments that are made on behalf of bicameralism. The tools used to make these arguments are the spatial model, the multilateral bargaining theory, and a game of incomplete information. The article attempts to distinguish the effects of bicameralism from the effects of other institutional features that often accompany it, such as differing terms of office and super-majoritarian requirements.

Keywords: bicameralism; spatial model; multilateral bargaining theory; game of incomplete information; effects; institutional features; terms of office; super-majoritarian requirements

Article.  7231 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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