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Author: Sharafat A.Chaudhry
ISBN: 978-969-7576-26-5
Price in US$: 10
Publication year: 2018
Pages: 207


LAW AND DEVELOPMENT: An Alternative Indicator for the Measurement of Development


Existing literature and scholastic views; international law and development; domestic law and development; research methodology; data analysis and discussion.


  1. Muhammad Khalid Saifullah

    The writer contextualises the relationship of development and law in Pakistan. The book explains the relevant schools of thought and explores the existing literature in this background. Theoretical analysis of positivism, symbolic interactionism, interpretivism, constructivism, functionalism and other schools of thought in the context of law and development is explained in details. A sufficient detail about the diverse paradigms of development is also included in the book. These include the explanations of development with the perspectives of modernisation, feminism, welfare and sustainability. The book then starts explaining the emergence of the assembly between law and development. A comprehensive analysis of the law and development at international level is available and further narrowed down to the national (Pakistan) level in the book. Following a case study approach, the writer explains the relationship of law and development in two cities Pakpattan and Islamabad of Pakistan. Different indicators of development (as per the standards of UNDP and Government of Pakistan) are comparatively analysed with a set of indicators from law. Development indicators include collective welfare index, MP Index, head count poverty index, poverty severity gap index and vulnerability index while laws indicators include criminal cases and civil/commercial cases. The readers with non-law background can easily grasp an idea about different types of (popular)litigations in Pakistan. The book concludes that the type of litigation in courts in Pakistan can be an important indicator for measuring its developmental status in some particular areas.
    The subject of the book in overall contributes to an important debate how the relationship of law and development can be understood in the context of Pakistan. The debate can further be problematised if we add the indicators of population, economy (in terms of economic activity) and migration (Islamabad is a city of migrants as compare to Pakpattan). There also emerges a need to further highlight the importance of this relationship mainly why the law should be considered as important indicator of development.

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