House of Lords Library

Second Chambers

Published Monday, March 10, 2014

This Library Note looks at bicameral legislatures in other parts of the world and provides an overview of some of the features of other second chambers, and how these compare to the current House of Lords.

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This Library Note looks at bicameral legislatures in other parts of the world and provides an overview of some of the features of other second chambers, and how these compare to the current House of Lords. The Note is intended as a short reference guide, and looks at the size of the second chambers; membership terms; and methods of selecting members. The Note concludes with a brief discussion of the powers of second chambers.

Lords Library notes LLN-2014-010

Author: Heather Evennett

Topics: Electoral systems, International politics and government, Legislative process, Parliament

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