"THE LAW OF LAWMAKING IN THE LEGISLATURE & THE EXECUTIVE" LECTURE BY SUSAN ROSE-ACKERMAN
"THE LAW OF LAWMAKING IN THE LEGISLATURE & THE EXECUTIVE" LECTURE BY SUSAN ROSE-ACKERMAN
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June 10, 2015
 

Susan Rose-Ackerman, professor of jurisprudence (law and political science) with joint appointments at Yale Law School and the Yale Department of Political Science gave a public lecture at Central European University on June 26 titled "The Law of Lawmaking in the Legislature and the Executive."

Rose-Ackerman's present research focuses on the due process of law-making procedures in selected legal systems. She assesses what additional oversight tools, if any, different legal systems offer in regard to the secondary rule-making procedure - to what degree the executive bodies must provide justification for their respective regulation. 

She argued that democracy is about more than just elections; it is also about the way the public is consulted and informed about the legislative process and policymaking inside the executive and in regulatory agencies, she said. As an empirical matter, the forms of public involvement and judicial oversight may depend upon the constitutional structure—for example, whether the state is a parliamentary or a presidential system. 

Her newly published book, “Due Process of Lawmaking: The United States, South Africa, Germany and the EU” (co-authored with Stefanie Egidy and James Fowkes) takes on this topic from a comparative perspective. She also argued for the value of open consultative processes and reason-giving as a valuable feature of democratic policymaking, and she discussed the theme in relation to her current work on the transition to renewable energy in Germany.

Rose-Ackerman has numerous links to Hungary; she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and at Collegium Budapest in the early 2000s and published several books jointly with Janos Kornai, Hungarian economist, noted for his analysis and criticism of the command economies of the Eastern European region. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session, where the audience addressed several topics related to this region.

 
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