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Government > Legislature (parliament) Stats: compare key data on Italy & United States

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Definitions

  • Lower house members: Members of the lower house of the legislature or of the only chamber in a unicameral system.
  • People per member: Number of people each member of the legislature represents on average. The number of members of the legislature is the sum of the members of all chambers of parliament, if applicable.
  • Strongly bicameral?: Political scientist Robert A. Dahl compares the constitutions of countries which have been “steadily democratic since 1950” on the characteristic of bicameralism, determing if there are two houses in the legislature, both with substantial powers. (Strongly bicameral or not strongly bicameral).
  • Term of office for lower house members: Members of the lower (or sole) house.

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  • Term of office for upper house members: Members of the upper house*.

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  • Total members of parliament: Number of members of the legislature (sum of members of all chambers of parliament where applicable).
  • Upper house members: Members of the upper house of the legislature. Does not include countries with a unicameral system.
STAT Italy United States
Lower house members 630
Ranked 5th. 45% more than United States
435
Ranked 25th.
People per member 63,411
Ranked 52nd.
575,019
Ranked 3rd. 9 times more than Italy
Strongly bicameral? Yes Yes
Term of office for lower house members 5
Ranked 74th. 3 times more than United States
2
Ranked 183th.
Term of office for upper house members 5
Ranked 39th.
6
Ranked 17th. 20% more than Italy
Total members of parliament 948
Ranked 3rd. 77% more than United States
535
Ranked 25th.
Upper house members 315
Ranked 3rd. 3 times more than United States
100
Ranked 24th.

SOURCES: Wikipedia: List of legislatures by number of members; How Democratic is the American Constitution? Robert A. Dahl.2001. ISBN 0-300-09218-0. Table 1.; Wikipedia: Term of office (Terms of office by country)

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