Reforming Senates: Upper Legislative Houses in North Atlantic Small Powers 1800-present

1st Edition

Nikolaj Bijleveld, Colin Grittner, David E. Smith, Wybren Verstegen

Published October 18, 2019
Reference - 274 Pages
ISBN 9780367339685 - CAT# 312363
Series: Routledge Studies in Modern History


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This new study of senates in small powers across the North Atlantic shows that the establishment and the reform of these upper legislative houses have followed remarkably parallel trajectories. Senate reforms emerged in the wake of deep political crises within the North Atlantic world and were influenced by the comparatively weak positions of small powers. Reformers responded to crises and constantly looked beyond borders and oceans for inspiration to keep their senates relevant.

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