Development is Not a Dinner Party: A Hurstian Perspective on Law and Growth in China

Wisconsin Law Review Forward (2021 Forthcoming)

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1655

14 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2020 Last revised: 29 Mar 2021

Date Written: October 28, 2020

Abstract

Much has been written, and remains to be written, about the many roles law has played in China’s economic development since 1978. Without minimizing the value of what has been written so far, this essay seeks to broaden the discussion by applying to China’s recent history certain ideas of the great historian of 19th Century American law and economic development, James Willard Hurst. The essay proceeds by providing a brief introduction to Hurst and his work on law and economic growth in the United States, then explores how those ideas might be applied to assist our understanding of what has happened in China.

Keywords: James Willard Hurst, China, Economic Development, Legal History, Economic Theory, Law and Development

Suggested Citation

Ohnesorge, John Karl Murat, Development is Not a Dinner Party: A Hurstian Perspective on Law and Growth in China (October 28, 2020). Wisconsin Law Review Forward (2021 Forthcoming), Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1655, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3720941

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