Symbolic laws send bad signal

August 1st, 2013

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Creating laws as a way to capitalise on public sentiment leads to bad policy, say two law professors. So-called symbolic laws, such as the 2008 law that made it illegal to carry most types of knives, wind up confusing people or are simply unnecessary, the two said. “Laws weren’t intended to send signals,” Lars Bo Langsted of Aalborg University said. – Berlingske


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