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Reclaiming development from the Washington consensus




This paper summarizes our new book, Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual (Chang and Grabel, 2004). It begins from the premise that the view that there is no alternative to neoliberal economic policies in developing countries is fundamentally and dangerously incorrect. The "no alternative" dictum has commonly been associated with popularizations (and arguably, misinterpretations) of Williamson's original statement of the "Washington Consensus." We demonstrate that feasible alternatives to neo-liberal policies exist that can promote rapid economic development that is equitable, stable, and sustainable. Some of these are proposals for strategies not yet adopted. But many others have already proven their worth in practice across the globe. We offer them in order to shatter the idea that there is no alternative, and to contribute to the vigorous campaign now underway across the globe to "reclaim development" from the neoliberal orthodoxy.

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  • Ha-Joon Chang & Ilene Grabel, 2004. "Reclaiming development from the Washington consensus," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(2), pages 273-291.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:postke:v:27:y:2004:i:2:p:273-291
    DOI: 10.1080/01603477.2004.11051434

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    2. Albala-Bertrand, José Miguel, 2006. "Changes in Chile's production structure, 1986-1996: output and industrial interdependence," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), April.
    3. Undp, 2011. "HDR 2011 - Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All," Human Development Report (1990 to present), Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), number hdr2011, December.
    4. Clifton, Judith & Díaz-Fuentes, Daniel, 2011. "La Nueva Política Económica de la OCDE ante el cambio en la Economía Mundial
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      ," MPRA Paper 33010, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Noemi Levy Orlik, 2012. "The Effect of Interest Rates in Developing Countries: Can Central Bank Monetary Policy Instruments Modify Economic Growth?," Chapters,in: Employment, Growth and Development, chapter 12 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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