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It's worth noting that Canada has a similar upper house in a bicameral legislature. It has no trappings of nobility, but the appointments are for life (though there's a mandatory retirement at age 75). The Queen of Canada makes the appointments upon recommendation of her government. In reality, it means that the government of the day gets to make ...


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The other answers are great, I'd just like to highlight a term lengths matter. It's very useful in democracies to have a mixture of term limits as it limits the tendency toward landslides, like adding baffles to a water tank to limit sloshing. You see this in the US with Representatives (2 years), President (4 years), Senators (6 years) and Supreme Court ...


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The House of Lords is a house of review. Life peers represent a cross section of society, either appointed by the government of the day, or as hereditary peers. (c.f. juries) Apart from the fact that hereditary peers are generally perceived as more conservative on average than the rest of the lords, the system has worked well, as has our monarchy. The Queen ...


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Why is this institution continuing as a component of a democracy? Sixteen Reasons The House of Lords has been defanged (with several rounds of reduced powers), denying it a true veto of legislation supported by the House of Commons. It isn't doing much active harm and its economic cost has been trimmed. The proportion of the Lords who are life lords or ...


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It is seen as sufficiently powerless, in the real scheme of things, to make it a quaint holdover from ancient times. Much like the monarchy. If the Queen would actually exercise all those powers which she graciously delegates to the elected representatives of the people, the UK would be a dictatorship. But the Queen knows that she couldn't do that (at least ...


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India is rightly termed as the largest democracy because of its sheer size. Look at the number of people getting benefitted by democratic rule- around 1.2 billion second only to China and with an area of 3.287 million kmĀ². The Gross Domestic Product(GDP) of India is $287 trillion(2019) behind only the USA, China, Japan, Germany, and also European Union if ...


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