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Conceptions and Misconceptions of Legislation

  • A. Daniel Oliver-Lalana


  • Discusses various theoretical accounts and models of legislation, as well as current approaches to the making of law(s)

  • Covers important topics in legislation theory, with a focus on the justification and the societal impact of laws

  • Explores the complexity of legislative argumentation and the role of legisprudence in the study of law


Part of the Legisprudence Library book series (LEGIS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Ways and Models of Legislation

  3. Legislation in a Culture of Justification

  4. Legislation, Lawyers, and Citizens

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 333-335

About this book


This volume brings together an international group of legal scholars to discuss different approaches to lawmaking. As well as reflecting the diversity of legisprudence as a re-emerging academic field, it offers a broad overview of current developments and challenges in the theory of legislation, and aspires, moreover, to counterbalance some questionable ideas or misconceptions, widespread among jurists, on what making laws entails. The book is organized into three parts. The first comprises a sample of ‘ways and models of legislation’, ranging from classic legislative ideals to contemporary forms of regulation. The essays in this part, variances of focus notwithstanding, revolve around the notions of legislative rationality, quality, effectiveness, and legitimacy, which may be regarded as the cornerstones of legisprudence. Interwoven with these notions is another core legisprudential concern: the justification of laws. We address it separately in the next part by exploring the connection between lawmaking, argumentation and constitutional democracy: under the heading ‘legislation in a culture of justification’, a number of aspects of this connection are tackled that have not been sufficiently considered so far in legisprudential literature, such as the intricacies of legislative reasoning and balancing, or the justificatory problems posed by special-interest legislation. The under privileged status of legisprudence in legal studies and the need for socially attentive and citizen-oriented legislative research come to the fore in the third part of the book which turns to the relationships between ‘legisprudence, lawyers, and citizens’. All in all, the thirteen articles gathered here provide a stimulating insight into the theory of legislation, and can hopefully contribute to the reconciliation of the study of law and the study of its making.



Legislation theory Legisprudence Quality of legislation, legislative quality Legislative drafting Communicative and instrumental legislation Legislative argumentation Legislative balancing Effects and impact of legislation Nudging and architectural legislation Special-interest legislation and legislative capture

Editors and affiliations

  • A. Daniel Oliver-Lalana
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniverstiy of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

About the editors

A. Daniel Oliver-Lalana, Dr. iur., LL.M. (Genova), is currently a Ramón y Cajal Fellow at the University of Zaragoza’s Law Faculty. His publications include Legitimidad a través dela comunicación (2011), Derecho y cultura de protección de datos (2012, with J.F. Muñoz),The Rationality and Justification of Legislation (2013, co-edited with L. Wintgens) and Rational lawmaking under review (2016, co-edited with K. Meßerschmidt).

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