How do laws help us?

2008-04-04 00:00

What, I wonder, is the precise purpose of legislation? On the face of it, perhaps, it is to provide a framework of rules with which people are expected to comply in the interests of an orderly society. It is much more complex than this, however.

The allocation of rights to employees and employers is essentially fair even despite those, on both sides of the spectrum, who maintain that there is bias in favour of the other party. These laws, too, have their idealistic elements, but they are fundamentally functional and serve a constructive purpose day by day. On the other hand, the Promotion of Access to Information Act brought about a flurry of reluctant compliance to no practical avail. This law represented the epitome of both idealism and technocratic impracticability.

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