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Legislation is a process of law-making, also known as statutory law, whereby a ruling or governing body creates laws which are then imposed on its members and up-held by the powers granted to the legislative body or its related institutions. With respect to states or nations, the power to enforce legislation is commonly executed by the police and court system. Legislation is a form of positive law[1], and can be contrasted to customary law which instead of being imposed on society from "above" is the codification of the norms common to a society.[2]


  1. Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. "Democracy: The God that Failed", 2001, chapter 10.
  2. Benson, Bruce. "The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State", 1990, page 281-282.