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The Futility of Law and Development: China and the Dangers of Exporting American Law

Jedidiah J. Kroncke


This book uses the Sino-American relationship to trace the decline of American legal cosmopolitanism from the Revolutionary era until today. Moving ever further away from the Founders’ openness to learning from Chinese law, over two centuries the Sino-American relationship reflected and shaped this decline–transformed by ideas from the American missionary movement during the late 19th century. The missionary ethos presented American legal internationalism as acolonial and humanitarian, and this view infused the new professional ideology of American law at the turn of the 20th century. Missiona ... More

Keywords: foreign policy, missionaries, American internationalism, legal internationalism, legal cosmopolitanism, secularization, foreign legal development, law and development, comparative law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190233525
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190233525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jedidiah J. Kroncke, author
Professor, Escola de Direito de São Paulo