By Humphreys

Theatre of the rule of thumb of legislation provides the 1st sustained critique of worldwide rule of legislations merchandising - an expansive on the center of overseas improvement, post-conflict reconstruction and safety coverage at the present time. whereas winning in articulating and disseminating a good international public coverage, rule of legislations promoting has mostly failed in its acknowledged ambitions of elevating international locations out of poverty and taming violent clash. moreover, in its execution, this paintings deviates sharply from 'the rule of legislation' as quite often conceived. to give an explanation for this, Stephen Humphreys attracts at the background of the guideline of legislations as an idea, examples of criminal export in the course of colonial occasions, and a spectrum of latest interventions by way of improvement companies and foreign businesses. Rule of legislation promoting is proven to be a type of theatre, the staging of a morality story concerning the solid existence, meant for edification and emulation, yet ignorant of its personal inner contradictions.

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