1st Edition

Parliaments and Post-Legislative Scrutiny

Edited By Franklin de Vrieze, Philip Norton Copyright 2021
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    To what extent have parliaments a responsibility to monitor how laws are implemented as intended and have the expected impact? Is the practice of Post-Legislative Scrutiny emerging as a new dimension within the oversight role of parliament? What approach do parliaments apply in assessing the implementation and impact of legislation? These are the fascinating questions guiding this book.

    Case studies offer an in-depth look at how particular countries and the European Union conduct Post-Legislative Scrutiny. The analysis puts Post-Legislative Scrutiny in the context of parliamentary oversight and parliaments’ engagement in the legislative cycle.

    The purpose of this book is to demonstrate the value of Post-Legislative Scrutiny as a public good, benefiting the executive, legislature and the people in ensuring that law delivers what is expected of it, as well as to respond to the need for greater clarity as to what is meant by the term. In this way, the publication can assist legislatures to think more clearly as to what precisely they understand, and seek to achieve, by Post-Legislative Scrutiny.

    This book is the result of the co-operation between the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of The Journal of Legislative Studies.

    1. The significance of post-legislative scrutiny

    Franklin De Vrieze and Philip Norton

    2. A deliberative approach to post-legislative scrutiny? Lessons from Australia’s ad hoc approach

    Sarah Moulds

    3. The UK post-legislative scrutiny gap

    Tom Caygill

    4. Ex-post evaluation in the European Parliament: an increasing influence on the policy cycle

    Irmgard Anglmayer and Amandine Scherrer

    5. Post-Legislative Scrutiny in Europe: how the oversight on implementation of legislation by parliaments in Europe is getting stronger

    Franklin De Vrieze

    6. How parliaments monitor Sustainable Development Goals - a ground for application of post-legislative scrutiny

    Fotios Fitsilis and Franklin De Vrieze

    7. Towards parliamentary full cycle engagement in the legislative process: innovations and challenges

    Jonathan Murphy


    Franklin De Vrieze is Senior Governance Adviser at the Technical Advisory Unit of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in London, UK.

    Philip Norton is Professor of Government at the University of Hull, UK, and sits in the UK House of Lords as Lord Norton of Louth. He was the first chair of the House of Lords Constitution Committee.