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Legislation in Europe

A Comprehensive Guide For Scholars and Practitioners

Editor(s): Ulrich Karpen, Helen Xanthaki
Media of Legislation in Europe
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Published: 23-02-2017
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 320
ISBN: 9781509908752
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 244 x 169 mm
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About Legislation in Europe

This book provides a practical handbook for legislation. Written by a team of experts, practitioners and scholars, it invites national institutions to apply its teachings in the context of their own drafting manuals and laws. Analysis focuses on general principles and best practice within the context of the different systems of government in Europe. Questions explored include subsidiarity, legitimacy, efficacy, effectiveness, efficiency, proportionality, monitoring and regulatory impact assessment. Taking a practical approach which starts from evidence-based rationality, it represents essential reading for all practitioners in the field of legislative drafting.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
Ulrich Karpen
2. Legislation and Regulation
Wim JM Voermans
3. Legislative Process
Tímea Drinóczi
4. Management of Legislation
Patricia Popelier
5. Participation
Felix Uhlmann and Christoph Konrath
6. Goals and Measures of Legislation: Evaluation
Mauro Zamboni
7. Legislative Drafting Techniques/Formal Legistics
Jean-Pierre Duprat and Helen Xanthaki
8. Legislative Language and Style
Mario Hernández Ramos and Volker Heydt
9. Legislative Drafting
Stefan Höfl er, Markus Nussbaumer and Helen Xanthaki
10. Publication
Karl Irresberger and Anna Jasiak
11. Regulatory Evaluation Ex Ante and Ex Post: Best Practice, Guidance and Methods
Stephan Naundorf and Claudio M. Radaelli
12. Maintenance of Rules
Maria De Benedetto
13. EU Legislation
William Robinson
14. Legislative Training
Marta Tavares de Almeida and Chris Moll
15. Emerging Trends in Legislation in Europe
Helen Xanthaki


“This publication is relevant to subjects or agents directly or indirectly participating to the critique of legislative rules, academics and citizens(...). The book (…) offers its readers a dual perspective of fundamental aspects in the field of Legislprudence (Legistica, Legistique) as an interdisciplinary science embracing aspects of law, economics and social sciences, with a final objective to ameliorate the quality of legislation and to facilitate its implementation.” –  Marta Tavares de Almeida, REVISTA DE LEGISLAÇÃO

“All in all this is an impressive overview and deepening of European Legislation. The breadth, clarity, and level of academic work of this volume cannot be faulted: this is a a great editorial success in Europe! (...). Without any doubt this book raises awareness of the importance of the legislative process, incites the reader to think further, and widens the reader's horizons.The book lays the empirical and theoretical basis for legislative questions” –  Zeitschrift für Gesetzgebung, Wolfgang, the Earl of Vitzthum

“The book presents an extremely valuable effort to cover the increasingly important ground of legislative drafting and to synthetize the essentials and recent developments of the legislative scholarship in Europe. Not only legislation scholars and experts will profit from such an effort: even more importantly, those lawyers who still confine their interest to the description and interpretation of legislation as a product may well learn in this treatise why the making and drafting of laws offers a promising field for legal research.” –  Klaus Meßerschmidt and Daniel Oliver-Lalana, European Review of Public Law

“This is a new and fascinating book. It deserves many readers – who it will both challenge and reward.” –  Ross Carter, Principal Counsel, New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office, Secretary of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel (CALC), Wellington, New Zealand, Theory and Practice of Legislation (2017) Vol 5 Issue 2.

“This anthology contains a wealth of information, analysis and suggestions…It is obvious that comparison in the field of legisprudence and practice is very useful…The contributions are consistently worth reading and contribute significantly to the further development of teaching and practice in the field of legislation. (Translated from the original French)” –  Georg Müller, LeGes

“ ambitious and important scientific handbook, which is addressed at scholars and practitioners…at the European level it closes a gap and will find special attention due to its transnational perspective…it adds to many national Drafting Manuals in at least 2 directions: by its comparative nature as well as inclusion of legisprudence discussions…All in all: a handbook, of which one wishes to see further and expanded editions, that presents plenty of information, suggestions and scientific discoveries for readers all over Europe. (Translated from the original German)” –  Prof. Dr. Klaus Meßerschmidt, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt

“The book Legislation in Europe encompasses ... a huge amount of information on legisprudence. It is challenging to condense all this knowledge into one book, but authors succeeded to provide a transparent overview that allows the reader to understand this otherwise complex and complicated system better ... The book provides what its title promises: a practical guide for all readers. (Translated from the original Hungarian)” –  Dániel Domokos, Parlamenti Szemle

“A multi-layered approach to legislative drafting, taking into account the complexity of decision-making in Europe including the State level, the European Union and the interaction between them. Recommended reading both for academics and for practitioners. (Translated from the original Italian)” –  Giovanni Piccirilli, Diritto e questioni pubbliche

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