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Tracking the Law and Development Continuum through Multiple Intersections

Ada Ordor

Abstract

Ideas expressed as law and development theories have sought to connect law and development by creating a framework within which the role of law in development may be better understood and perhaps even packaged as a kit to be recommended to governments as a way of advancing development. Over the years, thoughts on law and development have crystallised around various concepts such as economic growth, the rule of law, the empowerment of the poor and the growth of institutions. One thing that stands out clearly from these debates is that while there may be a measure of consensus around particular theses or propositions, unanimity among all thinkers, scholars and actors is not likely to follow, nor is it necessarily desirable. This paper draws out threads of thought that present various positions as facets of the law and development dynamic and at the same time, progressive points on the multi-dimensional development continuum. The first section on the progression of law and development summarises a number of themes at the forefront of law and development theorisation over the years. Reflections on these developments follow in the second segment, while a third segment describes various contexts for engaging with law and development studies. This segment, which leads into the conclusion, highlights some key dimensions of law and development thought that need to be further explored and given a place in the taxonomy of law and development scholarship.

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