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Applying the Delphi method as a research technique in tax law and policy


This article examines the Delphi method as a tool for legal research that can be used to facilitate transparent and informative policy-making in a variety of fields including tax policy. It points to strengths and limitations of the technique based on the findings of the Delphi study conducted to assist in the assessment of fiscal and more general market-based instruments (referred to in this article as carbon pricing instruments) that could be used to tackle climate change in Australia. Whether the Delphi method is utilised in empirical or theoretical legal research or in legal and policy decision-making, this article demonstrates the strength of the technique in providing transparent and justified results, which in turn reinforces the utility of the method as a legal research and/or decision-making tool.

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Evgeny Guglyuvatyy
Evgeny is a Lecturer in the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University.
Current at 1 March 2015
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Prof Natalie Stoianoff CTA
Natalie is the Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), providing courses that fulfil the educational requirements for registration as a Registered Trade Marks Attorney and Patent Attorney in Australia under the relevant regulations. She is a Co-Author of the Federation Press publication, Intellectual Property Law: Text and Essential Cases, adopted by several Australian universities and about to go into its fourth edition. Her research in recent times has focussed on the enforcement of intellectual property rights in China. In addition, she is the Chair of the Faculty Research Network for Intellectual Property, Media and Communications, the Convenor of the China Law Research Group as well as a Vice President of the NSW Board of the Australia China Business Council. - Current at 01 March 2015
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