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The rule of law: Authoritarian governance in East Asia

Jayasuriya, K. (1998) The rule of law: Authoritarian governance in East Asia. Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 2 (1). pp. 31-34.

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The rule of law is all the rage in East Asia. The governments of Singapore and Hong Kong claim it as a distinctive characteristic of their political systems. Major multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank spend considerable resources on the provision oflegal-reform projects and academic analysts consider the establishment of credible legal institutions as a necessary feature of the transition to market-based economies and democratic polities. Implicit in their advocacy and study of the rule oflaw is the assumption that legal institutions are part of a wider package of market and democratic institutions. In fact, this argument is reminiscent of an old maxim of modernization theory that all "good things go together."...

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Copyright: © 1998, The Harvard Asia Pacific Review
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