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The History and Elements of the Rule of Law

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Brian Z. Tamanaha

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

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Date Written: December 31, 2012

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Tamanaha, Brian Z., The History and Elements of the Rule of Law (December 31, 2012). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, p. 232, December 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2255262 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2255262

Brian Z. Tamanaha (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

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St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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