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Volume 33, Issue 1.
Rule-of-law development has received increasing interest and enthusiasm from Western policymakers and aid practitioners in recent years. But a tendency exists toward uncritical and wishful thinking on the subject, often the result of a clashing mix of factors and political agendas. To help rule-of-law promoters avoid dead-end paths and wasted ... read moreefforts, Thomas Carothers argues that it's necessary to understand the temptations that lead to unhelpful and misleading notions about this agenda and its place on the international stage.