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Ekkehard Hofmann

Abwägung im Recht

Chancen und Grenzen numerischer Verfahren im Öffentlichen Recht

[The Weighing-up of Options in the Law. The Prospects for and the Limits of Numerical Procedures in Public Law.]

2007. XXIII, 601 pages.

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Ekkehard Hofmann studies the potential usefulness of numerical methods developed in the economic decision theory for carrying out the overall assessment which is necessary for making balanced decisions and communicating their rationale in the fields of administrative and constitutional law.
The normative theory of government discretion in relation to both lawmaking and administrative adjudication, which is one of the central elements of planning law, has yielded a wealth of valuable insights based on an analysis of a long and extensive case law history. However, up to now little attention has been paid to the fact that the doctrine of reasonable commensuration ( Abwägungsgebot), which is derived from the principle of proportionality, makes certain methodological demands, particularly pertaining to predictions and value judgments, demands that cannot be sufficiently dealt with by using only natural language. In view of the gulf between these requirements and their implementation, Ekkehard Hofmann studies the potential usefulness of the numerical methods, developed in economic decision theory for carrying out the overall assessment that is necessary for making balanced decisions and communicating their rationale.
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Ekkehard Hofmann Geboren 1966; Studium der Rechtswissenschaften in Hamburg; 1997 Promotion; 2002–2003 Visiting Scholar an der New York University School of Law; 2006 Habilitation; Privatdozent an der Universität Hamburg; derzeit stellv. Leiter des Departments Umwelt- und Planungsrecht am Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ, Leipzig.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Die Verwaltung — 2008, 595–599 (Wilfried Erbguth)
In: — 2008, 775–776 (Josef Franz Lindner)
In: Die Öffentliche Verwaltung — 2008, 474–475 (Anna Leisner-Egensp.)
In: Bayerische Verwaltungsblätter — 2008, 775–776 (Josef F. Lindner)
In: Revue Hellénique de droit internat. — 2007, 398–399 (Vassiliki Koumpli)