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The Dignity of Laws

  • Virgilio Zapatero Gómez
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Part of the Legisprudence Library book series (LEGIS, volume 6)

Abstract

The social state, an institutional formula that has so far successfully managed to combine freedoms, rule of law and economic and social development, is exposed to criticism. Since the 1970s, and even more so after the economic crisis of 2008, the capacity of the social model has been called into question by arguing that social states discourage investment and economic development (given the costs of public services) and disincentive work (through the universalisation of social benefits). This ideological atmosphere is reflected in the constant criticism of normative interventions in the form of laws and decrees. There is too much legislation—hence the topic of legislative inflation—and the quality of legislation is poor, because laws are neither effective (they do not achieve the social goals they were assigned by governments and parliaments) nor efficient (because their costs are greater than the benefits they generate). This is where the insistent demands of privatisation and deregulation (in a broad sense) originate. The defence of our social states requires us to respond to such criticisms by adopting measures that improve the regulatory process as a whole.

Keywords

Regulation Social state Norm inflation Quality of norms Effficacy Effectiveness Efficiency 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virgilio Zapatero Gómez
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de DerechoUniversidad de Alcalá de HenaresAlcalá de HenaresSpain

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