Law AS Unit 1- Parliament Adv/Disadv

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Law Commission +/-

Advantages

  • They are crammed full of expertise; This is because of the composition: academics/high court judges/ researchers etc. Parliament are more likely to listen; they have more influence and credibility. Good quality legislation. Respect authorit and easier to understand.
  • Thorough Methods; Research/investigate, consultation with experts of areas, reflect on consultation. Detailed reports; no flaws in the law, well drafted, problems get ironed out, smooth passage, efficient use of parliament time.
  • Independance; Non political, drawn from expertise, don't have to keep public, choose their areas of investigation.

Disadvantages

  • Slow; 4 stages before completion; can't respond to events quickly, out of date by completion, may get ignored anyway.
  • Volume of work; too much to do, "keep under review all the law"; some laws may not be overlooked; not as through as they could be.
  • Lacks power; Rejected/left pending 1/3; law doesn't develop/improve as much as it might.
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Pressure Groups +/-

Advantages

  • Contribute expertise;Knowledgable and passionate; share expertise by responding to consultations through their knowledge based on research i.e. regulating social care; knowledge is shared- based on research. Very persuasive in changing/creating laws. Parliament make more informed decisions when changing laws.
  • Inform public and parliament; campaigns inform public & parliament; lets us know about concerns through their use of media, raises importance of serious issues. i.e. poverty; Contributes to law reform, message grows, encourages the public envolvement in law making, gives us a voice and gets people involved in democratic law making.

Disadvantages

  • Imbalanced; only one opinion; byist, powerful/wealthy minority might know right people, influence parliament; bad for democracy, pass laws that isn't in interest of the majority.
  • Illegal or extreme methods; Animal liberation. steal dogs from labs. Threatens orderly proper legal development of law.
  • Potential for corruption; cash for questions- philip mercer; don't buy law; role of Mp's
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Media +/-

Advantages

  • Informs public on parliament issues of importance; interviews, newsnight, online campaigns, adverts; encourages participation of public, aware of matters of concern. Forms public opinion.
  • Reports public opinion to parliament; Media enform parliament on what matters to us. Very quick; encourages democratic law making as it allows MP's to respond.
  • Campaign involves citizens in law reform; Sarahs Law; encourages public to participate in law making.

Disadvantages

  • Bias; only editors, owners etc. opinions. e.g Rupert Murdock; Not well informed public. Powerful minority have too much influence.
  • Reactionary; exaggerate concerns; Dangerous Dogs; public can get the wrong of opinion from influence; Legislation was passed to quickly.
  • Media/public not always well informed; Not well informed, not well considered. Don't consultate, not as many experts; can give the wrong impression of concerns.
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Political Influence +/-

Advantages

  • Democratic; good for democracy. We get what we want; We get the laws that we want.
  • Government Control; Look at bills and give more time to them; Efficient way of getting what we want.
  • EU Law/ E court of Human Rights brings informity and social Progress; Help trade/housing etc; Gives something back to the public.

Disadvantages

  • Too much power in Govt rather than P'ment; Small portion are actually in the manifesto and other laws we didn't want; Bad for democracy; Laws that we don't want
  • Conflicting laws lead to uncertainty and litigation;
  • Laws reversed when government changes;
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Political Influence +/-

Advantages

  • Democratic; good for democracy. We get what we want; We get the laws that we want.
  • Government Control; Look at bills and give more time to them; Efficient way of getting what we want.
  • EU Law/ E court of Human Rights brings informity and social Progress; Help trade/housing etc; Gives something back to the public.

Disadvantages

  • Too much power in Govt rather than P'ment; Small portion are actually in the manifesto and other laws we didn't want; Bad for democracy; Laws that we don't want
  • Conflicting laws lead to uncertainty and litigation;
  • Laws reversed when government changes;
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