Testing alternative legal paradigms: An experiment in designing legislation

Graeme Cooper, Michael Wenzel

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    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 significance of this work for other areas of legal research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)61-94
    JournalLaw and Social Inquiry
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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