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The paper "Has the Beijing Consensus Replaced the Washington Consensus" is a perfect example of a macro and microeconomic case study.   Washington consensus was introduced in the early 1990s as a means in which developing countries would attain successful economic development. Washington consensus model advocated for orthodox market liberalisation means and democratic governments as a way of attaining economic development. Beijing consensus was named by American economist Joshua Ramo Cooper. It was a development model that was adopted by China to attain successful development. The model adopted selected market economy principals while at the same time disregarding human rights and democracy.

The Washington consensus was laid out as a program with fiscal discipline, competitive foreign exchange rates, deregulation and advocated openness to foreign direct investment. The Beijing consensus has been adopted by several countries as their development model. Through Beijing consensus, it has become possible for the developing countries to form alliances such as Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). Some of the countries that have followed Washington consensus have found themselves in crisis. Washington consensus has been blamed for the economic crisis in several countries.

This is due to the fact that it failed in a suitability test in most countries. As a result, the Beijing consensus has been adopted by most developing countries making it seem to replace the Washington consensus. This paper will analyse how the Beijing consensus has replaced the Washington consensus. Definition and key characteristics of Washington Consensus Washington consensus is a liberal economic package. The consensus is made up of free trade, stable currency and Gladstonian finance. Washington consensus also requires a government that has the capability to ensure natural liberty.

This is through ensuring there are laws supporting justice which enables peaceful competition and exchange that is free. Washington consensus rejects egalitarianism as a means of delivering required principles of public policy. Washington consensus contained ten broad recommendations by Williamson. These recommendations were; discipline in fiscal policy, reducing public spending on subsidies to pro-growth and pro-poor services such as education and tax reforms.


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