Susan H. Whiting
Focused, comparative examination of legal institutions.
Description. Is the rule of law necessary for capitalist economic development? What's the role of law in transitions from authoritarian government? This course examines the role of law and courts in economic and political change in developing world. Topics include economic development, property rights, dispute resolution, democratization, and human rights. The course will also address the ways in which various legal traditions and institutions affect outcomes in each of these issue areas. The empirical materials will focus mainly on East Asia with some comparisons to Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Readings Peerenboom, China's Long March Toward the Rule of Law (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002) Jarasuriya, ed., Law, Capitalism, and Power in Asia (London: Routledge, 1999) Murrell, ed., Assessing the Value of Law in Transition Economies (Ann Arbor: Univ of Michigan Press, 2001). as well as a reader containing additional articles.
Class assignments and grading
Gradings Three Short Papers 60 % Participation 20 % Final Exam or Optional Paper 20 % Totals. 100 %