This snapshot analyses economic resilience as an enabler of the rule of law. To date, academic research has largely focussed on the reverse: the relevance of rule of law for economic growth.¹ Therefore, this analysis brings together different considerations to contextualise economic resilience – expressed in terms of economic prosperity and growth, economic (in)equality, and the provision of welfare and public goods – in relation to rule of law resilience. It argues that via several channels, an economically stable environment facilitates social cohesion, peace and order, strengthens trust and engagement in democratic processes, and enhances the acceptance of and compliance with the legal system. By extension, an economically resilient system limits support for anti-democratic movements, thereby strengthening rule of law resilience.
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