The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective

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University of Toronto Press, 2003 - History - 263 pages
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The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective is the first book-length scholarly study of the Senate in over a quarter century and the first such analysis of the upper house as one chamber of a bicameral legislature. David E. Smith's aim is to demonstrate the inter-relationship of the two chambers and the constraint this poses for Senate reform. He analyzes past literature on the Senate and current proposals for reform such as Triple-E Senate drawing detailed comparisons between Canada's upper chamber and the upper chambers of Australia, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

There is a revival of interest and literature abroad in upper chambers and also in bicameralism. Using Parliamentary debates and committee reports, as well as a broad reading of comparative literature, The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective sets the Canadian Senate into this international milieu, contextualizing the debate and arguing for a renewed investigation into its future.

 

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Contents

Bicameral Perspectives
22
The Senate as an Object of Study
47
Representation
67
Federalism
89
Legislation
110
Responsible Government
131
What Is to Be Done?
149
Conclusion
176
Bibliography
227
Index
251
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David E. Smith is a professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

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