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Rule of Law Reform and Development: Charting the Fragile Path of Progress

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ISBN13: 9781848447103
Published: June 2008
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £40.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781847207548



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This important book addresses a number of key issues regarding the relationship between the rule of law and development. It presents a deep and insightful inquiry into the current orthodoxy that the rule of law is the panacea for the world’s problems. The authors chart the precarious progress of law reforms both in overall terms, and in specific policy areas such as the judiciary, the police, tax administration and access to justice, among others.

They accept that the rule of law is necessarily tied to the success of development, though propose a set of procedural values to enlighten this institutional approach. The authors also recognise that states face difficulties in implementing this institutional structure and identify the probable impediments, before proposing a rethink of law reform strategies and offering some conclusions about the role of the international community in the rule of law reform.

Reviewing the progress in the rule of law reform in developing countries, specifically four regions – Latin America, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia – this book makes a significant contribution to the literature. It will be of great interest to scholars and advanced students, as well as practitioners in the field, including international and bilateral aid agencies working on rule of law reform projects; and international and regional non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that focus on rule of law reform as a major aspect of their mandate.

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Contents:
1. The Relationship of the Rule of Law to Development
2. The Judiciary
3. Police
4. Prosecution
5. Correctional Institutions
6. Tax Administration
7. Access to Justice
8. Legal Education
9. Professional Regulation
10. Rethinking Rule of Law Reform Strategies