Beyond Common Knowledge: Empirical Approaches to the Rule of Law
Erik Gilbert Jensen, Thomas C. Heller
Stanford University Press, 2003 - Law - 435 pages
An intensive global search is on for the "rule of law," the holy grail of good governance, which has led to a dramatic increase in judicial reform activities in developing countries. Very little attention, however, has been paid to the widening gap between theory and practice, or to the ongoing disconnect between stated project goals and actual funded activities.
Beyond Common Knowledge examines the standard methods of legal and judicial reform. Taking stock of international experience in legal and judicial reform in Latin America, Europe, India, and China, this volume answers key questions in the judicial reform debate: What are the common assumptions about the role of the courts in improving economic growth and democratic politics? Do we expect too much from the formal legal system? Is investing in judicial reform projects a good strategy for getting at the problems of governance that beset many developing countries? If not, what are we missing?
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
access to justice actors adjudication administrative agencies alternative dispute resolution American arbitration Beijing budget China Chinese courts cial civil courts constitutional consumer forums corruption costs Council criminal justice decisions democracy democratic dispute resolution district donors economic effective efficiency evaluation example federal judiciary filed Fix-Fierro formal forums and commissions functions funds Galanter groups growth Hammergren human rights implementation important incentives increase India internal issues judges judicial independence judicial reform judicial system justice system Latin America lawyers legal aid legal and judicial legal culture legal education legal institutions legal system loans lok adalats MDBs ment Mexico Netherlands nyaya organizations panchayats parties People's Court percent problems procedures professional projects role rule of law rule-of-law programs sector social legitimacy Stanford Law School statistics Supreme Court system of justice Table tion tribunals University Press USAID World Bank