Towards a New Sensibility for International Economic Development

Lan Cao


Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 32, pp. 209-270, 1997

One of the most conspicuous and yet unexamined omissions in the development debate is a comprehensive analysis of the theoretical foundations that make up the two dominant models of economic development. This Article's contention is that the discourse on economic development has been circumscribed and distorted by the uncritical acceptance of a number of dichotomous premises upon which the development debate has been based. One unexamined premise involves the dichotomy between the national market and the international market. Like the family or the home, which must be protected from the intrusion of the public realm, the national market is viewed as a “private” and separate sphere of productive activity apart from and, in many cases, to be protected against the international market. This national/international market dichotomy is, in turn, intertwined with and inseparable from yet a second dichotomy: the public/private international law dichotomy. By exploring the apparent contradictions presented by the national/international market dichotomy and the public/private international law dichotomy, this Article challenges the two models of international economic development and argues for the removal of both dichotomies in order to articulate a new conceptual synthesis for the development debate.

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Cao, Lan, Towards a New Sensibility for International Economic Development (1997). Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 32, pp. 209-270, 1997 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1946910

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