Developing Development Theory: Law & Development Orthodoxies and the Northeast Asian Experience


None of the orthodox theories about law and economic development produced in recent decades has been based on a study of the "miracle" economies of Northeast Asia, nor have any of these orthodoxies seriously been tested against the Northeast Asian experience of law and development. This article conducts such a test, finding that none of these orthodoxies fares well when its claims are tested against the Northeast Asian experience. Rather than using Northeast Asia's experience to produce yet another orthodoxy, however, this article instead proposes rethinking how we understand the task of legal technical assistance, a rethinking which is based upon a close reading of Northeast Asia's experience.


Comparative and Foreign Law | International Law | Jurisprudence | Law and Economics | Law and Society | Legal History

Date of this Version

July 2006