Concepts for International Law
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Concepts for International Law

Contributions to Disciplinary Thought

Edited by Jean d’Aspremont and Sahib Singh

Concepts shape how we understand and participate in international legal affairs. They are an important site for order, struggle and change. This comprehensive and authoritative volume introduces a large number of concepts that have shaped, at various points in history, international legal practice and thought; intimates at how the many projects of international law have grappled with, and influenced, the world through certain concepts; and introduces new concepts into the discipline.
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Chapter 13: Development

Onur Ulas Ince


This chapter examines the institutional, discursive and political economic dimensions of the postwar regime of development. In addition to discussing the twentieth-century paradigms of development, such as modernization, dependency, basic needs and human development, it offers an extended treatment of the ideological antecedents of development in natural law theories on property, classical political economy, late industrialization and the Mandate System. It is argued that the central axis connecting the development regime to its historical antecedents is a particular politics of universalism that is embedded in global structures of capitalism and enduring legacies of colonialism.

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