Politics, Ideology, and Legal System Reform in Northeast Asia

25 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2005

Date Written: December 2005


Legal systems throughout East Asia are in the midst of rapid and potentially fundamental change, across a range of legal fields. This paper, prepared for a conference on the potential effects of 9/11 on legal and social change in East Asia, examines East Asian legal reforms in the areas of administrative law and corporate law. These two fields, though not often studied in tandem, both respond to a pair of competing sentiments, one which can be thought of as "neo-liberal," and the other which might be termed populist/progressive. These competing sentiments are at play as East Asian legal reforms unfold, and it is as yet unclear which of them will be more fully served once the reforms take hold in society. Complicating the picture are the effects of 9/11 on America's foreign policy, as well as the effects of the "Enron" crisis in American corporate governance, both of which have shifted America's focus on East Asian law reform from where it stood at the end of the 1990s.

Keywords: law and economic development, law reform, East Asia, international financial institutions, rule of law

JEL Classification: K40, N40, N45, O17, O19, K22, K23

Suggested Citation

Ohnesorge, John Karl Murat, Politics, Ideology, and Legal System Reform in Northeast Asia (December 2005). Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=871209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.871209

John Karl Murat Ohnesorge (Contact Author)

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