The History and Elements of the Rule of Law
Brian Z. Tamanaha
Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law
December 31, 2012
Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, p. 232, December 2012
I have written extensively about the rule of law for two basic reasons. First, the notion of the rule of law is perhaps the most powerful and often repeated political ideal in contemporary global discourse. Everyone, it seems, is for the rule of law. The rule of law is a major source of legitimation for governments in the modern world. A government that abides by the rule of law is seen as good and worthy of respect. In recent decades, billions of dollars have been spent by theWorld Bank and other development agencies on developing the rule of law around the world — with limited success.
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Date posted: April 23, 2013
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