Handbook on the Rule of Law
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Handbook on the Rule of Law

Edited by Christopher May and Adam Winchester

The discussion of the norm of the rule of law has broken out of the confines of jurisprudence and is of growing interest to many non-legal researchers. A range of issues are explored in this volume that will help non-specialists with an interest in the rule of law develop a nuanced understanding of its character and political implications. It is explicitly aimed at those who know the rule of law is important and while having little legal background, would like to know more about the norm.
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Chapter 25: The legal empowerment of the poor

Dan Banik

Abstract

How does the rule of law influence economic development? While scholars have developed unique insights to answer this question, as of yet most studies provide limited answers due to the fact that scholars define rule of law in a limited way focusing only on a few aspects of this multifaceted concept. Further, many studies are constrained by the particular countries and time periods chosen for analysis as well as the measurements used to serve as proxies for the rule of law in empirical studies. This chapter suggests that in order to adequately discover the nexus between the rule of law and economic development, scholars must define this concept more expansively and work harder to ascertain causality.

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