Lower house

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For the demesne in The Keys to the Kingdom series, see The House (The Keys to the Kingdom)#The Lower House.

A lower house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the upper house.[1]

Inside the Australian House of Representatives

Despite its official position "below" the upper house, in many legislatures worldwide, the lower house has come to wield more power.

A legislature composed of only one house is described as unicameral.

Common attributes[edit]

In comparison with the upper house, lower houses frequently display certain characteristics:


Titles of lower houses[edit]

Common names[edit]

Dáil Éireann, Republic of Ireland

Many lower houses are named in the following manner: House/Chamber of Representatives/the People/Commons/Deputies.

Unique Names[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Bicameralism (1997) by George Tsebelis