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Soft Law Instruments in Public Law

  • Alexandre Flückiger
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Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Abstract

Classically, instruments of state action are laws, decisions, and contracts. Such acts are characterized by their legally binding nature. This chapter shows how administrative activity is not exhausted by such legal acts and uses other instruments, commonly defined as ‘soft law’, to increase the efficiency of public action. Such instruments complement traditional administrative activity and are today a key component of public policy. Focusing on the Swiss example, this chapter looks into the difficulties state action through soft law poses, by describing the forms it can take, the legal effects it (potentially) generates, its effectiveness, and the instruments to guarantee its legitimacy.

Keywords

Soft law Non-obligatory acts Legitimacy Effectivity Rule of law 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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