As parliament is responsible for adopting legislation, it also has a role in monitoring the implementation of legislation and evaluating whether the laws it has passed have achieved their intended outcomes. Because implementation is a complex task which does not happen automatically, parliament needs mechanisms to effectively monitor the implementation of legislation. Parliaments and elected representatives often have little information on what happens after a law is adopted. The focus is often on getting legislation made, not on checking how well it is being implemented and if it is being implemented at all.
What is Post-Legislative Scrutiny?
Post-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS) is the practice used to monitor and evaluate the implementation of legislation, ensuring laws benefit constituents in the way originally intended by lawmakers. PLS is often carried out by parliamentary committees and is a prominent feature of UK parliamentary democracy. During 2017-2018, WFD started to explore how parliaments monitor the implementation of, and review, existing legislation through a series of programme activities around the world.
On 10 July 2018, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London and WFD co-organised an Academic Seminar bringing together 170 delegates from 40 countries to discuss Post-Legislative Scrutiny. The Seminar launched [...]
What do a 1994 TV advert for wood stain and the legislative process have in common? The importance of delivering on a promise. Opening a Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) expert seminar to explore a [...]
Franklin DeVrieze, Senior Governance Advisor One of parliaments’ key roles is to make laws which meet the needs of a country’s citizens. Beyond the primary function of adopting legislation, parliaments should be able to evaluate [...]