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Description - Global Business, Local Law by Amanda Perry-Kessaris

This volume establishes a theoretical framework for exploring the role of host state legal systems (courts and bureaucracies) in mediating relations between foreign investment, civil society and government actors. It then demonstrates the application of that framework in the context of the south Indian city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore). Drawing on the 'law-and-community' approach of Roger Cotterrell, the volume identifies three mechanisms through which law might, in theory, ensure that social relations are productive: by expressing any mutual trust which may hold actors together, by ensuring that actors participate fully in social life and by coordinating the differences that hold actors apart. Empirical data reveals that each of these legal mechanisms is at work in Bengaluru. However, their operation is limited and skewed by the extent to which actors use, abuse and/or avoid them. Furthermore, these legal mechanisms are being eroded as a direct result of the World Bank's 'investment climate' discourse, which privileges the interests and values of foreign investors over those of other actors.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754645252
ISBN-10: 0754645258
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 198
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Amanda Perry-Kessaris

Amanda Perry-Kessaris is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Socio Legal Studies Association and of the editorial board of the journal International Community Law Review.