Liberal Democracy and Individual Liberty
Development, Anticorruption, Capacity-Building, Property
And why all this matters.
Sir Edward Coke, 1628
If Freemen of England might be imprisoned at the will and pleasure of the king, or his commandment, then were they in worse case than bond-men or villains[.]
Demosthenes, 4th Century, B.C.
And what is the strength of the laws? If one of you is wronged and cries aloud, will the laws run up and be at his side to assist him? No; they are only written texts and incapable of such action. Wherein then resides their power? In yourselves, if only you support them and make them all-powerful to help him who needs them. So the laws are strong through you and you through the laws.
Proof of concept theory-based index: ~90 WJP items, ~90 countries, 2012 data
Rule of Law vs Log GDP
Rule of Law vs Personal Autonomy
Rule of Law vs Property Rights
Rule of Law vs Electoral Process
RLRW vs First Principal Component of WJP
|2015 WJP PCA||2015 WJP Overall||BTI|
|2015 WJP PCA||1.000000||0.998781||0.693348|
|2015 WJP Overall||0.998781||1.000000||0.705156|
WJP vs BTI
|United Arab Emirates||1.647602||-0.765280||2.412882|
|Republic of Korea||2.676028||1.392996||1.283032|