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.
About the Author 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.