What Are Disadvantages of Bicameral Legislatures?


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The disadvantages of bicameral legislatures are the delay of the lawmaking process and the waste of government resources. The bicameral legislature was designed as a checks and balances act by requiring legislation to be passed through two chambers.

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The bicameral legislature was created to prevent governments from passing laws too quickly, especially laws that are not for the greater good of society. Laws were required to move through both chambers of the legislature to delay the law-making process. While this seems like a good idea on the surface, many are dissatisfied with this form of legislature because it takes a long time for the chambers to discuss one topic.

It was believed that this type of protection was the right of the people to ensure harsh legislation was not passed hastily. Although this is certainly a right of the people, it is clear that the extra time spent on many laws that are not for the greater good of the people can be utilized more efficiently. Moreover, many fear that with bicameral legislature, the government has the ability to govern in its own best interest, as opposed to the collective view of the electorate. In the United States, the bicameral legislature was looked down upon so much that Nebraska adopted a unicameral legislature in 1934, doing away with America's bicameral roots.

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