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  •  Other democracies do (0+ / 0-)

    have upper house appointed by state governments, but these tend to have less power than the lower house and to bettor mirror population.

    For example:

    Country Population Per Legislator Ratio
    Austria 1.64
    Germany 13.62
    Switzerland 40.95
    United States 66.04
    In Germany and Austria, representation in the upper house is proportioned to mirror population.  In the case of Germany the number of votes to elect a legislator in the largest district is about 14 times that in the smallest.

    Switzerland has equal representation (2) except for half cantons (1) which yields a largest to smallest ratio of about 41.  It should be noted that those historically those half cantons have been the most likely to use Landsgemeinde, essentially a direct meeting of all citizens, to conduct business.

    by ManfromMiddletown on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 07:14:53 AM PST

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