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Legislative Drafting for Democratic Social Change: A Manual for Drafters

Legislative Drafting for Democratic Social Change: A Manual for Drafters

By Ann Seidman, Nalin Abeyesekere
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Overview
Good governance, that is, effective government based on non-arbitrary decision-making, is central to a country's successful development or transition to a market-oriented economy. This Manual aims to equip legislative drafters with the conceptual tools and specific techniques they need to draft laws likely to bring about the institutional transformation necessary for good governance.

Designed as a practical aid for practitioners in the developing and transitional worlds, this unique work demonstrates how, within constitutional and other limits, a drafter should structure a bill, provides instruction in drafting amendments and subordinate legislation, and describes the skills required to write the clear, unambiguous and readily-interpreted provisions required to achieve a bill's policy objectives.

It provides a model for a research report that, based on facts and logic, will justify the bill's detailed provisions and demonstrate that the responsible agency will implement them effectively.

The final section focuses on drafting laws to facilitate government decision-making in accordance with the rule of law. In particular, it suggests devices for drafting defensively against corruption, thus providing the legislative environment essential for successful transition and development.

Publish Date 12/01/2000
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041197931
SKU 10058232-0001
Table of Contents
  1. Law and Social Change
  2. The Legislative Drafters' Role in Drafting Transformatory Laws
  3. Prioritizing Drafting Proposals
  4. An Introduction to Legislative Theory and Methodology: Organizing the Research Report
  5. Writing a Research Report: Ensuring Effective, Non-Arbitrary Implementation
  6. Capturing the Relevant Social Science Evidence for Legislative Drafting
  7. Form of a Research Report
  8. The Architecture of a Bill
  9. Writing a Legislative Sentence: The Who and the What
  10. Writing a Legislative Sentence II: Ensuring Clarity and Avoiding Ambiguity
  11. Drafting Within the Constitution and Other Constraints
  12. Internal Aids to Interpretation
  13. Formal Matters: Placing the Statute in the Corpus of the Law
  14. Drafting for the Rule of Law and Defensively Against Corruption
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