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Law and Development Review

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Initial Reflections on an Interdisciplinary Approach to Rule of Law Studies

Aparna Polavarapu
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  • Core Faculty Associate of the Rule of Law Collaborative, School of Law, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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Published Online: 2015-09-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ldr-2015-0016

Abstract

In this essay, we attempt to lay the initial groundwork for a clearer understanding of rule of law both as a concept and as a distinct field. We respond to the assertions that the rule of law field is non-existent or incoherent, and assert that a field of rule of law is not impossible to ascertain. First, we survey how rule of law – as both a term and a state of political being – is understood by practitioners and scholars, as well as how scholars reconcile the lack of a clear, widely universal understanding of the concept of rule of law. Second, we put forth our approach to rule of law studies, embodied by the Rule of Law Collaborative (ROLC) at the University of South Carolina. ROLC supports the idea that a variety of disciplines and factors impact the rule of law, while accommodating the multiple, competing understandings of the concept of rule of law that exist on the University of South Carolina campus and elsewhere.

Keywords: rule of law; development; law

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Published Online: 2015-09-26

Published in Print: 2015-12-01


Citation Information: Law and Development Review, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 277–292, ISSN (Online) 1943-3867, ISSN (Print) 2194-6523, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ldr-2015-0016.

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