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Why so many Laws?

In France, the number of new laws has doubled over the last fifteen
years, whereas it had been declining previously. This inflation, as measured
by the average size of the laws, is a natural phenomenon that
expresses the growing complexity of the social relationships the laws
monitor, and it is also occurring in Germany, Belgium and the United
Kingdom. Declaratory provisions, attached reports, the special legal
regime of the overseas territories, the codification and the narrowing of
the distinction between the legislative and regulatory domains all
contribute to this trend. Although they are less visible, the modification
of the content of the laws, which now deal more with procedures than
with basic issues, and a rather unruly use of the right of amendment are
nevertheless the most important causes among the many leading to such
a legislative inflation. Limiting this inflation would require the actors
of the law-making process to become aware of the problem and reach
an agreement as to the technical measures that could lead to a
re-centering of the legislative process around the core issues.


Référence électonique : Georges HISPALIS , "Why so many Laws?", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°114, 114 - La loi, p. . Consulté le 2020-11-25 11:36:31 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Why-so-many-Laws.html