The Rule of Law for Everyone?

Current Legal Problems, 2002

Posted: 28 Feb 2003

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Brian Z. Tamanaha

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

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The rule of law is the most prominent legitimating slogan of government in the world today, espoused my many leaders (and dissidents) in countries around the world, Western and Non-Western. However, there is no agreement on what it means, and there has been little success in establishing it where it does not already exist.

This article considers these issues from a historical perspective, by distinguishing a pre-liberal version of the rule of law from a liberal version of the rule of law. This distinction is then applied to clarify some of the basic issues surrounding the application and implementation of the rule of law.

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Tamanaha, Brian Z., The Rule of Law for Everyone?. Current Legal Problems, 2002. Available at SSRN:

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

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St. Louis, MO 63130
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