Lawmakers as norm entrepreneurs

Emanuela Carbonara, Francesco Parisi, Georg Von Wangenheim

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In this paper we consider the role of lawmakers as norm entrepreneurs. Drawing from expressive law theories and social response theories, we shed light on the role of law in shaping social values and norms, and on the ability of the law to produce social norms where they did not exist before. Furthermore, we unveil a possible undesirable effect of legal intervention, where a legal innovation can cause social divide and possible conflicts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
JournalReview of Law and Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • Civil disobedience
  • Countervailing norms
  • Expressive law
  • Protest
  • Social norms


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