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Issue Brief No.2 The Beijing Consensus: An alternative approach to development

2 April 2011

The latest global financial and economic crisis has undermined the credibility of the neoliberal program for economic development and growth. While the US European economies have dramatically contracted, emerging economies have suffered relatively less from the economic meltdown.

A notable example is China, whose economic successes have brought the Chinese model to the fore as an alternative approach to development. Different aspects of China’s development model are collectively often referred to as the Beijing Consensus. The prospect of rapid economic growth without political liberalization is increasingly gaining popularity among developing countries that oppose the “one-size fits all” approach of the Washington Consensus. This Issue Brief reviews the different components of the Beijing Consensus and the implications for the international political and economic system.

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Experts on this report

Director of the Strategic Futures Program

Erik Frinking

Erik Frinking is the Director of the Strategic Futures Program at HCSS. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University.

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Team leader for Economy and Society

Govert Gijsbers

Govert Gijsbers studied at the Free University in Amsterdam and obtained his PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2009.

Strategic Analyst

Marjolein de Ridder

Marjolein de Ridder is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Leuven and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and the Clingendael Institute.