Law and Development 50 Years On

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Forthcoming)

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1212

12 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2012  

David M. Trubek

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: October 15, 2012

Abstract

Law and development refers both to organized efforts to transform legal systems in developing countries to foster economic, political and social development and to the academic projects stimulated by these efforts. Begun in the mid-20th century, law and development's dominant ideas and projects have changed over time as theories of development and agency priorities have changed. Law and development efforts accelerated in the 1990s as international financial institutions began to emphasize the rule of law. As the 21st century dawned, ideas and projects of the 20th Century were assessed and critiqued and new themes have emerged.

Keywords: Legal Institutions and Development, Economic Development, Modernization, Rule of Law

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Trubek, David M., Law and Development 50 Years On (October 15, 2012). International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Forthcoming); Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1212. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2161899

David M. Trubek (Contact Author)

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