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Development Models in Muslim ContextsChinese, 'Islamic' and Neo-liberal Alternatives$
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Robert Springborg

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639687

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639687.001.0001

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The Lure of Development Models

The Lure of Development Models

(p.1) Introduction: The Lure of Development Models
Development Models in Muslim Contexts

Robert Springborg

Edinburgh University Press

For more than half a century, the United States and the Soviet Union provided the political economy models for the developing world. However, in the end the Soviet model was relegated to the dustbins of history and the ‘Washington Consensus’ was replaced by an emerging alternative model — the Beijing Consensus, which gained popularity not only because of its economic power but because it served as a counterbalance to American and Western influence. This book examines the development models in Muslim majority countries. In order to gain perspective on the relative attractiveness and impacts of development models in the Muslim world, and of the Chinese model, it is appropriate to compare receptivity to that model in other regions. To this end, the book includes separate chapters on the Chinese model in Latin America and Africa, both of which are permeated by the Chinese model of development. This book begins by examining the Chinese model. It then discusses Muslim majority countries and the role played by the Chinese model in these countries. The book ends with a discussion of the centrality of governance to development of Third World countries.

Keywords:   political economy model, Washington Consensus, Beijing Consensus, development models, Chinese model, Latin America, Africa

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