Legal Empowerment, Social Movements and Fostering Equitable Economic Development in Cambodia
36 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2016
Date Written: 2013
Studies suggest that there may be a positive relationship between rule of law and economic growth. However, it is clear that economic growth happens in countries where there is a deficit in rule of law and that economic growth can be unequal. In this article, we accept the premise that rule of law may lead to economic growth and argue that, in order to secure equitable growth, access to justice through the legal empowerment of the poor must be a key concern of any rule of law reform. In particular, we argue that social movements play an instrumental role in the empowerment process.
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