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Beyond evidence: anticipatory regimes in law

Stokes, Elen ORCID: 2021. Beyond evidence: anticipatory regimes in law. Law and Policy 43 (1) , pp. 73-91. 10.1111/lapo.12159

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This article lays the groundwork for a new approach to understanding how law engages with the future, based on the social science theory and practice of anticipation. Anticipation, as depicted by an extensive interdisciplinary literature, encourages a shift in attention from the future as a matter solely of probability and effect, to the future as a wider array of possibilities operating on the present. Notably absent from the literature is law. This article offers a framework for analysing how law mobilises future possibilities to serve present regulatory purposes, focusing in particular on the role of legal horizons, forms and affect.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0265-8240
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 June 2019
Date of Acceptance: 28 June 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:28

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