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Comparative Law and Social Change: On the Origins, Style, Decline & Revival of the Law and Development Movement

Comparative Law and Social Change: On the Origins, Style, Decline & Revival of the Law and... JOHN HENRY MERRYMAN Comparative Law and Social Change: On the Origins, Style, Decline & Revival of the Law and Development Movement INTRODUCTION In a new field unsure of its identity a certain amount of conceptual and semantic chaos is unavoidable. It takes time, effort and a number of false starts to develop the necessary characteristics of a scholarly field: a paradigm, a group of interested scholars, fund­ ing and institutional bases, regular lines of communication and publi­ cation, and so forth. Eventually however, since "Truth emerges more readily from error than confusion," the natural tendency is for the situation to clarify. A paradigm emerges. A line is taken and followed. A field is born. These reflections crowd in as one pauses to assess the condition of a recent vortex of conceptual and semantic confusion. "Law and development" began to emerge as a potential new field of scholarship in the 1960s. It received substantial support from the Ford Founda­ tion, from the Agency for International Development, and from its own foundation, the International Legal Center, established in 1966 as a Ford Foundation spin-off to operate in the law and development field. Special teaching and research programs were established at JOHN http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Comparative Law Oxford University Press

Comparative Law and Social Change: On the Origins, Style, Decline & Revival of the Law and Development Movement

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Publisher
Oxford University Press
Copyright
© 1977 by The American Society of Comparative Law, Inc.
ISSN
0002-919X
eISSN
2326-9197
DOI
10.2307/839690
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JOHN HENRY MERRYMAN Comparative Law and Social Change: On the Origins, Style, Decline & Revival of the Law and Development Movement INTRODUCTION In a new field unsure of its identity a certain amount of conceptual and semantic chaos is unavoidable. It takes time, effort and a number of false starts to develop the necessary characteristics of a scholarly field: a paradigm, a group of interested scholars, fund­ ing and institutional bases, regular lines of communication and publi­ cation, and so forth. Eventually however, since "Truth emerges more readily from error than confusion," the natural tendency is for the situation to clarify. A paradigm emerges. A line is taken and followed. A field is born. These reflections crowd in as one pauses to assess the condition of a recent vortex of conceptual and semantic confusion. "Law and development" began to emerge as a potential new field of scholarship in the 1960s. It received substantial support from the Ford Founda­ tion, from the Agency for International Development, and from its own foundation, the International Legal Center, established in 1966 as a Ford Foundation spin-off to operate in the law and development field. Special teaching and research programs were established at JOHN

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American Journal of Comparative LawOxford University Press

Published: Jul 1, 1977

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