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Lawmakers as Norm Entrepreneurs

  • 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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