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The Evolution Of The Term ‘Washington Consensus’

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The term ‘Washington Consensus’, as Williamson conceived it, was the lowest common denominator of the reforms that he judged ‘Washington’ could agree were required in Latin America. The term has evolved to denote a different set of policies from those initially conceived. This paper investigates the different versions and interpretations of this controversial term and assesses whether the term itself is suitable and viable or slowly becoming irrelevant and obsolete. Most importantly, the evolution of the term mirrors the evolution of economic thought on economic development for nearly the last two decades.

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  • John Marangos, 2009. "The Evolution Of The Term ‘Washington Consensus’," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 23(2), pages 350-384, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jecsur:v:23:y:2009:i:2:p:350-384
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6419.2008.00565.x
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