Emory Law Journal


The gap between institutional research and advocacy is in part a failure of institutionalists. If advocates want clear strategies for reform and scholars cannot offer them, the two worlds may understandably grow apart. But it does seem that our desire for reform has gotten out in front of the science that should support it. This does not mean that we should scrap the rule of law concept or give up on trying to reform states that systematically violate rule of law values. On the contrary, like MRW, I believe strongly that the rule of law is a worthy aspiration, and I am optimistic enough to believe that the science can catch up to our reform interests. That said, The Rule of Law Unplugged demands that we carefully reconsider the ways that we research the subject and ultimately advocate for change.