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Deficiencies of the Rule of Law and the Legal Culture, and Its relationship to Underdevelopment

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  • Fonseca Francisco Javier

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For many years research on development has been focused on complex economic models. However, the underdevelopment phenomenon entails important cultural aspects which have been barely explored. One of those aspects is the relationship between legal culture and the rule of law, and its effects on development. The aim of this article is to find evidence of the relationship between the lack of the binomial rule of law/legal culture and underdevelopment. The article states that legal culture and rule of law, as factors for development, are a binomial, meaning that, in the research of development/underdevelopment phenomenon, those factors are to be studied together. Rule of law, in terms of its relationship with development, should not be conceived as a mere formal expression of generalized submission to laws, including on the part of the organs of the State itself, but it should also be observed from a broader perspective. Hence its necessary connection with the legal culture, as the existence of these laws and the actual fact that people, generally, be conscious of them and their conduct be guided by them. The existence of the binomial rule of law/legal culture constitutes, in this way, a framework for the flourishing of development in a given region or country.

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  • Fonseca Francisco Javier, 2015. "Deficiencies of the Rule of Law and the Legal Culture, and Its relationship to Underdevelopment," Asian Journal of Law and Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 6(2), pages 231-248, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:ajlecn:v:6:y:2015:i:2:p:231-248:n:3
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