Intercameral Relations in a Bicameral Elected and Sortition Legislature

Pierre-Etienne Vandamme, Vincent Jacquet, Christoph Niessen, John Pitseys, Min Reuchamps

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The idea of a hybrid bicameral system combining election and sortition is investigated. More precisely, the article imagines how an elected and a sortition chamber would interact, taking into account their public perception and their competing legitimacies. The article draws on a survey of a representative sample of the Belgian population and Belgian members of parliament assessing their views about sortition in political representation. Findings are combined with theoretical reflections on election’s and sortition’s respective sources of legitimacy. The possibility of conflicting legitimacies and mutually detrimental interactions leads to considerations of the effects of different possible distributions of power between the chambers as a crucial determinant of their interactions and perceived legitimacy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-400
Number of pages20
JournalPolitics & Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


  • Bicameralism
  • Conflict
  • Elections
  • Legitimacy
  • Power
  • Public opinion
  • Sortition


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