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Testing alternative legal paradigms: An experiment in designing legislation

Cooper, Graeme; Wenzel, Michael


This article reports on empirical research undertaken to test the claim made in a law reform project that citizens could be made more certain of their legal obligations by changing the legal paradigm used to express their rights and obligations. Our research tested a number of hypotheses involving different formulations of the claim being made. We find that the alternative paradigm being presented was inferior to current practice and offer some reasons that would explain our results and the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Law and Social Inquiry
DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2009.01139.x


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