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History of Development, Law and Coloniality
Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal

This research project studies the history of development by tracing its relationship to particular practices of colonial governance, and the role that international legal norms and processes played in this process.

Perspectives employed draw upon postcolonial, post-developmental and critical race theoretical models, and examine the ideology of development as a discourse of governance. An additional focus is on the ideology and the politics of how histories of development get written, and the role that colonial representations have in that process.