Upper house

From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is developing and not approved.
Main Article
Related Articles  [?]
Bibliography  [?]
External Links  [?]
Citable Version  [?]
This editable Main Article is under development and not meant to be cited; by editing it you can help to improve it towards a future approved, citable version. These unapproved articles are subject to a disclaimer.

Upper house refers to one of the houses of a bicameral legislature. Typically, the upper chamber in such a legislature has fewer members than that in the lower house. The upper house is less often elected by the people, though details vary from country to country. For example, in the U.S. Senate, Senators were originally selected by state legislatures (though today they are selected in popular elections). In the United Kingdom, the House of Lords is made up of unelected members of the country's nobility and bishopric.

Examples of Upper Houses

The following are examples of upper houses in various bicameral legislatures throughout the world today.