Upper House Reform in Germany: The Commission for the Modernization of the Federal System

Constitutional Forum Constitutionnel, Vol. 17, No. 1, p. 25, 2009

Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009/34

15 Pages Posted: 5 May 2010

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Greg Taylor

University of Adelaide - School of Law; University of Marburg; RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

As the debate on a possible new second legislative chamber proceeds both in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and Canada, it is useful to note recent amendments to the German Constitution (Basic Law) affecting the federal upper house of Parliament (Bundesrat). Despite all the differences among the House of Lords, the Canadian Senate, and the Bundesrat, there are some points on which a comparison is useful. Moreover, some of the impetus behind the German reforms - a conviction that there had been too much emphasis on cooperative federalism and too little on healthy competition - is reminiscent of debates about such matters in other federations in general, and Canada in particular.

Keywords: Parliamentary Reform, Germany, Upper House, Senate, House of Lords, Constitution

JEL Classification: K00, K1, K19, K3, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Greg, Upper House Reform in Germany: The Commission for the Modernization of the Federal System (2009). Constitutional Forum Constitutionnel, Vol. 17, No. 1, p. 25, 2009, Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009/34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1599438

Greg Taylor (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

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Australia

University of Marburg ( email )

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Marburg, D-35032
Germany

RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law ( email )

Melbourne
Australia

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