The Problem With Lawmaking



a lack of

ethical standards




Why is Our Current Process of Creating Laws Flawed?


The current process for creating laws is defective because it does not follow proven problem-solving steps. Specifically, it does not: 


1.  Define the problem

2.  Use law design experts

3.  Observe rigorous ethical standards

4.  Capitalize on existing knowledge

5.  Monitor results to ensure goals are achieved





The traditional method of lawmaking lacks rigorous ethical standards for the design of laws.  As a result, it tolerates techniques of deliberate deception, such as intentional vagueness and surprise amendments, by which legislators insert “pork barrel” items ("earmarks"), special interest provisions, and political agendas into new laws. In some cases, legislators accept gifts ("campaign contributions") from special interests in exchange for new legislation favorable to those special interests. 


By these means, politicians advance their political careers, "politically connected" economic interests gain legal advantages in the marketplace, and political groups promote their ideologies. 


These actions are unacceptable for three reasons:


1.  They channel government resources away from legitimate public needs. 

2.  The delivery of gifts to legislators from special interest groups in exchange  

      for favorable legislation is a form of corruption. 

3.  The continuation of unethical practices engenders a lack of trust, by

      the  public, in government and the rule of law.


Proceed to the reliable knowledge page and learn more about the next critical step for effective lawmaking.