The State, Law and Development; International Law Perspectives of the Developing Countries

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The State, Law and Development

By Robert B. Seidman
St. Martin's, 1978
483 pp.

International Law Perspectives of the Developing Countries

By Charles Chukwuma Okolie
Nok, 1978
369 pp.

Two serious and sometimes rather strained efforts to relate law, politics and economics in the present process and future prospects of development in the Third World. Seidman's main purpose is to elaborate a theory, using examples from his experience in Africa. Much of it is an intriguing antidote to development economics. Okolie's discussion of relations between the developed (including the communist) countries and the Third World, seeking and finding an emerging "international development law," contains such a quantity of facts and opinions as to overwhelm and occasionally confuse the reader.

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