xxx, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
9781107000780 hardback 1107000785 hardback
Cambridge studies in international and comparative law (Cambridge, England : 1996)
"Theatre of the Rule of Law presents the first sustained critique of global rule of law promotion - an expansive industry at the heart of international development, post-conflict reconstruction and security policy today. While successful in articulating and disseminating an effective global public policy, rule of law promotion has largely failed in its stated objectives of raising countries out of poverty and taming violent conflict. Furthermore, in its execution, this work deviates sharply from 'the rule of law' as commonly conceived. To explain this, Stephen Humphreys draws on the history of the rule of law as a concept, examples of legal export during colonial times, and a spectrum of contemporary interventions by development agencies and international organisations. Rule of law promotion is shown to be a kind of theatre, the staging of a morality tale about the good life, intended for edification and emulation, but blind to its own internal contradictions"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-286) and index.
K3171 .H86 2010
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.