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The Nature of Legislative Intent

Richard Ekins


Is legislative intent a fiction? The legislative assembly is a large, diverse group rather than a single person and it seems a mystery how the intentions of the individual legislators might somehow add up to a coherent, complex group intention. This book elucidates the nature of legislative intent, arguing that in enacting a statute the well-formed legislature forms and acts on a detailed intention, which is the legislative intent. The foundation of the argument is an analysis of how the members of purposive groups act together by way of common plans, sometimes forming complex group agents. Th ... More

Keywords: legislative intent, group agency, legislature, assembly, language use, statutory interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Ekins, author
Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland