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The Context Of The Rise Of Ex Ante Evaluation

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This chapter is about the rise of ex ante evaluation, not about pitfalls or weaknesses which might cause its fall. The goal is to sketch some of the theories that explain why evaluation has become such a hot topic during the last decade. The chapter combines descriptive and normative elements to explain the rise of ex ante evaluation of legislation. In many democracy theories, rationality is an important aspect of the legitimacy of government: both for the use of government power in general and for the binding force of laws in particular. Rationality is context-bound. Therefore, the concept of rational law making has to take into account political rationality and strategies. Rational procedures, including participation, transparency and evaluation, at least force the law maker to make political motives explicit.

Keywords: democracy theories; ex ante evaluation; legitimacy of government; rationality



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