Special Section Rule of Law:
A Contested Concept? A New Ideology of the Rule of Law in Development
Despite its unquestioned importance for political, social and economic development as well as its wide application on both national and international levels, the understanding of the concept of the rule of law remains disputed. Numerous attempts to define its content and requirements have resulted in the emergence of various competing conceptions of the rule of law, significantly affecting its application in concrete situations. Is it possible to determine the meaning of the rule of law or does it remain essentially contested?
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