Mending the legislative process – the preliminaries

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This essay offers a substantive introduction to the special issue on mending the legislative process. Discontent with the legislative process seems to be pervasive. But how could we move from the widely shared lament that the lawmaking process is broken to thinking about ways to mend it? This essay sketches the requisite preliminaries for answering this question. It outlines ways to approach the problems with the contemporary legislative process and to think about solutions in a systematic way, and introduces the contributions in this issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-256
Number of pages12
JournalTheory and Practice of Legislation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant No. 1436/15)

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© 2016 Taylor & Francis.


  • Broken process
  • Congressional reform
  • Due process of lawmaking
  • Legislative due process
  • Legislative process
  • Legisprudence
  • Parliamentary reform
  • Pathologies in the legislative process


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