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Title Beyond common knowledge : empirical approaches to the rule of law / edited by Erik G. Jensen and Thomas C. Heller.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2003.


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Physical description xiii, 435 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Evaluating Systems of Justice Through Public Opinion: Why, What, Who, How, and What For? / Jose Juan Toharia 21 -- 2. Judicial Systems in Western Europe: Comparative Indicators of Legal Professionals, Courts, Litigation, and Budgets in the 1990s / Erhard Blankenburg 63 -- 3. Debased Informalism: Lok Adalats and Legal Rights in Modern India / Marc Galanter, Jayanth K. Krishnan 96 -- 4. Democratization of Justice: The Indian Experiment with Consumer Forums / Robert S. Moog 142 -- 5. Empirical Research into the Chinese Judicial System / Donald C. Clarke 164 -- 6. Putting China's Judiciary into Perspective: Is It Independent, Competent, and Fair? / Hualing Fu 193 -- 7. Economic and Political Aspects of Judicial Reform: The Chilean Case / Carlos Pena Gonzalez 220 -- 8. Judicial Reform in Mexico: What Next? / Hector Fix-Fierro 240 -- 9. International Assistance to Latin American Justice Programs: Toward an Agenda for Reforming the Reformers / Linn Hammergren 290 -- 10. Rule of Law and Judicial Reform: The Political Economy of Diverse Institutional Patterns and Reformers' Responses / Erik G. Jensen 336 -- 11. An Immodest Postscript / Thomas C. Heller 382.
Summary An intensive global search is on for the " rule of law, " the holy grail of good governance, which has led to a dramatic increase in judicial reform activities in developing countries. Very little attention, however, has been paid to the widening gap between theory and practice, or to the ongoing disconnect between stated project goals and actual funded activities. "Beyond Common Knowledge" examines the standard methods of legal and judicial reform. Taking stock of international experience in legal and judicial reform in Latin America, Europe, India, and China, this volume answers key questions in the judicial reform debate: What are the common assumptions about the role of the courts in improving economic growth and democratic politics? Do we expect too much from the formal legal system? Is investing in judicial reform projects a good strategy for getting at the problems of governance that beset many developing countries? If not, what are we missing?
Other author Jensen, Erik G. (Erik Gilbert)
Heller, Thomas C.
Subject Rule of law.
Law reform.
Judicial process.
Justice, Administration of.
ISBN 0804748020 (cloth : alk. paper)
0804748039 (paperback: alk. paper)