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International Development

1st Edition

By Sundhya Pahuja

Routledge-Cavendish

144 pages

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Description

This book contests current approaches to law and development insofar as these depend upon two premises: first, that development is the means by which global human well-being is to be achieved; and, second that law – both domestic and international – may be used to affect that development.

Asking not how law may effect development but rather how development discourse sustains (international) law itself, this book argues that what is at stake in the idea of ‘development’ is the legitimization of an increasingly forceful homogenization of the political, economic and social spheres. Developmentalism, it is further argued, provides normative ‘objectivity’ to the foundational assumptions of international law (including human rights, trade and international financial law). And, as law thus becomes both a normative and an instrumental discourse, what it overlooks is the violence of developmentalism’s transformational project.

Table of Contents

1. 'Law and Development' as a Field 2. The Development Concept and its Precursors 3. The Institutionalisation of Development 4. Crisis and Renewal 5. Development, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

About the Author

Sundhya Pahuja and Jennifer Beard are both based in the Schjool of Law at the University of Melbourne

About the Series

Critical Approaches to Law

The Critical Approaches to Law series aims to secure a place for critical, inter-disciplinary, and/or theoretical work on the law curriculum. Each book provides a critical approach to a particular legal topic: whether this is an issue or theme within law or legal study, a disciplinary or sub-disciplinary area, a specific legal institution, a significant text, case or piece of legislation, an event, a person, or a specific approach to or tradition of law. The series encourages critical thought in and about law through a range of clear and accessible texts that are suitable for higher level undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as academic and practising lawyers who are seeking critical work in their area.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General