Comparative Constitutional Law

Publication of report ‘Legislative processes in transition; a comparative study of the legislative processes in Finland, Slovenia and the United Kingdom as a source of inspiration for enhancing the efficiency of the Dutch legislative process’


In the Netherlands, since January 2011 a taskforce for faster legislation has been active within the framework of the Interdepartmental Commission for Constitutional Affairs with repect to Legislative Policy (ICCW), as a result of the policy aims and objectives of the Rutte cabinets. This taskforce looks at the question which measures have been taken and are currently being taken to accelerate the legislative process (and how consistent these measures are), and develops proposals for further measures concerning both the internal and external phases of the procedure with respect to process and support.

The above study, which I co-authored with several colleagues from the Department of Public Law and the Department of Public Administration, was commissioned by the WODC (the research centre of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice) at the request of the Section of Legislative Quality of the Ministry of Security & Justice as an input for the Interdepartmental Commission on Legislation (ICCW).

The main research question of the study is whether the efficiency of the Dutch legislative procedure for parliamentary acts indeed constitutes a problem, in particular if we compare it to the achievements of legislative processes in several other European countries and, if that turns out to be the case, whether lessons can be learned from those legislative processes and practices abroad with respect to pace and duration of the legislative process, phases and actors, transparency and the role of ICT.

For the study, see