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Bicameralism and the Dynamics of Contested Transitions

Uhr, John; Bach, Stanley; Massicotte, Louis

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Modern representative democracy is structured around three dimensions or branches of power: executive, legislative and judicial. Conventional approaches to government transition tend to deal with only one: transitions in and out of executive power. Transitions in general are about new concentrations of power but democratic institutional design gives priority to dispersed governmental powers (Kane et al., 2009). Democracies disperse governmental powers across the three branches, which helps...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorUhr, John
dc.contributor.authorBach, Stanley
dc.contributor.authorMassicotte, Louis
dc.contributor.editorPaul 't Hart
dc.contributor.editorJohn Uhr
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:18:02Z
dc.identifier.isbn9780230242968
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/31163
dc.description.abstractModern representative democracy is structured around three dimensions or branches of power: executive, legislative and judicial. Conventional approaches to government transition tend to deal with only one: transitions in and out of executive power. Transitions in general are about new concentrations of power but democratic institutional design gives priority to dispersed governmental powers (Kane et al., 2009). Democracies disperse governmental powers across the three branches, which helps explain why incoming governments are so keen to use their influence whenever opportunities arise to stamp their authority on legislatures (e.g. by claiming �mandates�) and the courts (e.g. by appointing sympathizers). Some constitutional devices of dispersed power provide even more testing challenges for incoming governments: federalism, for instance, generates something of a plural executive, nesting incoming national governments in a wider set of political executives often with considerable power to affect the transition dynamics of newly elected national executives (Galligan, 2006)
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
dc.relation.ispartofHow Power Changes Hands: Transition and Succession in Government
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.source.urihttp:/dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230306431_5
dc.titleBicameralism and the Dynamics of Contested Transitions
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4756716xPUB80
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationUhr, John, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBach, Stanley, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMassicotte, Louis, University Laval - Quebec
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage73
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage93
local.identifier.absseo940203 - Political Systems
dc.date.updated2020-12-27T07:35:09Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationLondon
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