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On Lawmaking and Public Trust

On Lawmaking and Public Trust
  • Year of publication 2016
  • 256 pages
Editor:Suzanne Comtois and Kars de Graaf
Series:NILG - Governance & Recht (volume 14)
Category: Juridisch Staatsrecht en bestuursrecht
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐684‐8 | paperback | 1st edition | € 46.00 / $ 62.10 / £ 48.76

Over the last decades, the evolution of public law has been marked by a trend towards the diversification of sources and forms of law, processes and governance tools. In our globalized world, various factors – such as the increasing importance of European law, international law and fundamental rights, as well as the greater prevalence of social and economic concerns – have tended to justify the need to harmonize legal norms and practices and, thus, to open the borders of legal normativity. The increased interaction between legal systems and other sources of normativity that has followed has led to the coexistence of a diversity of normative authorities (ranging from civil society and the industry itself, to European and international organizations). It has also resulted in the emergence, within domestic law, of a broad range of norms grounded in different sources of legitimacy and with varying degrees of normative force, not merely constrained to the narrow formal definition of “legal norm”. This book explores ways in which public lawmaking is changing and examines the impact of such changes on the law itself, on the lawmaking processes, and on the role of decision-makers (judges, public administrators and stakeholders). It also questions the legitimacy of the new governance tools that have emerged from this transformation as well as their impact on the public’s trust and confidence.                                             

Target group

Scholars interested in the Law and Governance theme.              

Author's information

Suzanne Comtois is Full Professor (Professeur titulaire) at the Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada and was visiting Professor at Groningen University Law School, Netherlands (2010-2014). She is an Associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and a member of the Quebec Bar Association.

Kars de Graaf is an Associate Professor with a chair in Public Law and Sustainability at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is a board member for the Dutch Association for Administrative Law and for the Dutch Association for Environmental Law, and is the managing editor of the Review of European Administrative Law (REALaw). 

september 2016

recensie in SEW, nummer 7/8

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