Accountability and transparency

Legislation is important business for parliaments. Parliaments around the world implement a staggering number of new laws every week but few parliaments know what happens after these laws are implemented. Post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) is a systematic and structured process that helps parliaments review the implementation and impact of legislation.

In an exceedingly uncertain policy environment, national parliaments and governments face 
numerous challenges. Technological innovation of economies and new domestic and international political conditions, including societal disruptions related to the degradation of ecosystem services and natural resource depletion and to climate change, could very well result in a different future than the one envisaged in most predictions.

If governments fail to adapt to this new reality, democracy and freedoms are more than likely to worsen and impede effective governance.