Law reform in developing countries has become an increasingly topical subject in recent years.  A critical issue is why so many law reform projects in developing economies are regarded by their sponsors and recipients as unsuccessful. This informative book:

  • examines examples of law reform projects in post-socialist and post-authoritarian states in Asia
  • identifies common problems
  • proposes analytical frameworks for understanding the problems identified.

Though parallels between Asian models and those in developing states elsewhere in the world are strong, the book has been developed to avoid suggestion that the issues covered are somehow peculiarly ‘Asian’- indeed, it is shown that cultural relativist approaches to Asia are unsustainable. This is an invaluable reference for those involved in the areas of development economics, Asian studies and comparative politics.

part |139 pages

Theoretical approaches

chapter |23 pages

Why law reform fails

Indonesia's anti-corruption reforms

chapter |23 pages

The law reform olympics

Measuring the effects of law reform in transition economies

part |272 pages

Case studies

chapter |16 pages

Legal education reform – the forgotten intervention?

Assessing the legal retraining model in transition economies

chapter |40 pages

The dynamics and politics of legal reform in China

Induction, deduction and, above all, pragmatism

chapter |23 pages

Like a fish needs a bicycle

Public law theory, civil society and governance reform in Indonesia

chapter |26 pages

Competition laws for Asian transitional economies

Adaptation to local legal cultures in Vietnam and Indonesia 1

chapter |27 pages

Labour law reform in Namibia

Transplant or implant?

chapter |47 pages

Global trajectories of tax reform

The discourse of tax reform in developing and transition countries