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Lawmakers as Norm Entrepreneurs
Review of Law & Economics (2009)
  • Emanuela Carbonara
  • Francesco Parisi
  • Georg von Wangenheim

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.

  • Social Norms,
  • Expressive Law,
  • Protest,
  • Civil Disobedience,
  • Countervailing Norms
Publication Date
February 19, 2009
Citation Information
Emanuela Carbonara, Francesco Parisi and Georg von Wangenheim. "Lawmakers as Norm Entrepreneurs" Review of Law & Economics Vol. 4 Iss. 3 (2009)
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