2013 IGLP: The Workshop Docent and PhD Candidate in the Law Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Tor Krever, recently published his article “Qualifying Law: legal indicator projects and the reproduction of neoliberal common sense.” The article, published in the latest issue of Third World Quarterly, looks at the recent explosion of projects seeking to measure and quantify legal systems.  Against claims that legal indicators are neutral, technical descriptions of the legal world, the article argues that legal indicators do not merely reflect legal reality; their construction and deployment are central to the continuing diffusion of neo-liberalism as development common sense. The article considers the two most prominent projects to quantify law in the service of economic development – the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators and Doing Business indicators – and argues that these indicators reproduce a narrow neo-liberal conception of law as a platform for private business and entrepreneurial activity and institutional support for a system of laissez faire markets.

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