The World Bank's Sustainable Development Approach and the Need for a Unified Field of Law and Development Studies in Argentina

Law and Development Review vol. 8, No. 2, 2015

Posted: 13 Jul 2017

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Stéphanie de Moerloose

Universidad Austral; Humboldt University Berlin

Date Written: January 1, 2015

Abstract

This paper argues that the World Bank’s adoption of the principle of sustainable development is an example of the persistence of the law and development approach. Indeed, the World Bank’s interpretation of the principle translates into its projects; through soft law and loan conditionality, it applies to the borrower and regulates behaviors at the country level. This potentially results in the legal transplantation of a cross-culturally valid principle. The paper will present a case study of the sustainable development principle’s application by the World Bank in Argentina: the “Riachuelo-Matanza Basin Sustainable Development Project”. Given the difficulties of implementing the project, the paper makes the case that, to bridge the gaps described by Trubek and Galanter, Argentina needs scholars specialized in law and development as a unified field in order to fine-tune the development approach of international development actors to national realities and thus create a real impact.

Keywords: law and development studies, World Bank, conditionality, sustainable development, Argentina

Suggested Citation

de Moerloose, Stéphanie, The World Bank's Sustainable Development Approach and the Need for a Unified Field of Law and Development Studies in Argentina (January 1, 2015). Law and Development Review vol. 8, No. 2, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2997488

Stéphanie De Moerloose (Contact Author)

Universidad Austral ( email )

Cerrito 1250
Buenos Aires, 1010
Argentina

Humboldt University Berlin ( email )

Berlin
Germany

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