Learning the Right Lessons from Beijing: A Model for the Arab World?

Emma Murphy

in Development Models in Muslim Contexts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639687
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653171 | DOI:
Learning the Right Lessons from Beijing: A Model for the Arab World?

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For countries aspiring for comparable development, China's model has become the go-global trade strategy of the 1990s. What made the model appealing is that it does not require political concessions to regime domestic forces and it allows a country to position itself positively in relation to global configurations of power. Adding to this appeal is the possibility that one can find development solutions within local culture, rather than submitting to a global process of cultural homogenisation. These factors that characterise the Chinese model made the Arab world seek inspiration from the eastern world. This chapter discusses the Chinese model, with emphasis on the Beijing consensus. It is argued in this chapter that the recent Chinese economic experience does not present a straightforward template for development that can be easily transported into the Arab world. Apart from containing its own flaws, the Chinese model has been predicated on a very different set of political, economical, and social structures and is itself still in transition. Although it may not be a template for the economic development of the Arab world, the Chinese model can offer interesting insights into what may and what may not assist the Arab economies in their developmental struggles.

Keywords: Arab world; Chinese model; Beijing consensus; social structures; economic development

Chapter.  12962 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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