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Published: 11 February 2016

376 Pages


ISBN: 9780190233525

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The Futility of Law and Development

China and the Dangers of Exporting American Law

Jedidiah J. Kroncke

  • Challenges the basic role of comparative law throughout US legal culture, from Congress to law schools. Rejects legal parochialism for a productive, critical practice of comparative legal analysis
  • Recovers and synthesizes the centrality of China to US legal and foreign policy history, as well as the key role of missionaries and religious thought in pioneering modern concepts of development
  • Demonstrates the early 20th century origins of now standard assumptions about the possibilities of American non-colonial humanitarianism through legal reform
  • Details the liabilities of contemporary American presumptions about foreign law, which cripple strategic analysis and inhibit domestic legal innovation

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