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Part of Routledge Reference’s Critical Concepts in Law series, part of the Major Works program, Law and Development is a four-volume collection which brings together resources which trace the evolution of the Law and Development movement.


Law and Development, as a scholarly discipline, emerged in the United States in the 1960s; the result of the belief of some American legal academics about the possibility of achieving democratic change in developing countries through legal means.

Financial assistance from the US government, as well as US-based foundations enabled the launch of scores of ambitious research projects and the rapid growth of legal education programmes in the newly independent states of Asia and Africa, as well as in several countries in Latin America.

By the late 1960s and early 1970s, as the number of academic lawyers with direct knowledge of developing countries grew, the Law and Development movement was recognized as an important new trend in American legal education.

Despite a loss of momentum in the 1970s, as some leading figures came to realize that American liberal legalism could not easily be replicated in developing countries, Law and Development now occupies a prominent place on the agenda of all major international and national development agencies. It has also been firmly embraced by most developing countries, as they adapt their institutions and procedures to the demands generated by the process of globalization.

Law and Development’s four volumes identify key theoretical texts which served as inspiration to the Law and Development movement. Moreover, it provides a representative collection of articles written by specialists from various disciplines; and offers a selection of case studies and policy-based papers on the implementation of Law and Development projects.

The collection will appeal particularly to those with study interests in development studies as well as socio-legal studies.

For more information, and a detailed list of contents: www.routledge.com/9780415577625

 

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