chapter  1
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Introduction

ByAMANDA PERRY-KESSARIS

This volume explores relationships between contemporary principles and practice in law and development. It is organised around three liberal principles which underlie many current efforts to direct law towards the pursuit of development: first, that the private sector has an important role to play in promoting the public interest; second, that widespread participation and accountability are essential to any large-scale enterprise; and third, that the rule of law is a fundamental building block of development. Contributors were selected not only because of their ability to address the key themes at the centre of the volume, but also with a view to creating a lively and balanced mix of practitioners, early-career and established academics, and geographical specialisations.1 They critique both the principles underpinning contemporary law and development programming and efforts to implement them in practice. In editing this collection I have sought to ensure that specialist subjects are

accessible to law and development generalists. I have also tried to include as many online resources as possible, in order to open up the field to those who may not have easy access to materials. Unless otherwise stated, all weblinks have been checked in June 2009.