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Lawmakers as Norm Entrepreneurs

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  • Carbonara Emanuela

    (University of Bologna, Department of Economics)

  • Parisi Francesco

    (University of Bologna, Department of Economics; University of Minnesota Law School)

  • von Wangenheim Georg

    (University of Kassel, Faculty of Law)

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    In this paper we consider the role of lawmakers as norm entrepreneurs. Drawing from expressive law theories and social response theories, we shed light on the role of law in shaping social values and norms, and on the ability of the law to produce social norms where they did not exist before. Furthermore, we unveil a possible undesirable effect of legal intervention, where a legal innovation can cause social divide and possible conflicts.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Law & Economics.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 779-799

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    Handle: RePEc:bpj:rlecon:v:4:y:2008:i:3:n:5

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    Cited by:
    1. Carbonara, Emanuela & Pasotti, Piero, 2010. "Social dynamics and minority protection," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 317-328, December.
    2. Francis, Andrew M. & Mialon, Hugo M. & Peng, Handie, 2012. "In sickness and in health: Same-sex marriage laws and sexually transmitted infections," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 75(8), pages 1329-1341.
    3. Jakobsson, Niklas & Kotsadam, Andreas, 2010. "Do Laws Affect Attitudes? - An assessment of the Norwegian prostitution law using longitudinal data," Working Papers in Economics 457, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
    4. Schnellenbach, Jan, 2012. "Nudges and norms: On the political economy of soft paternalism," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 266-277.

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