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The Beijing Consensus and Possible Lessons from the 'Singapore Model'?

Cambridge University Press, Dr CHEN Weitseng of the NUS law school (editor), Forthcoming

NUS - Centre for Asian Legal Studies Working Paper No. 16/01

NUS Law Working Paper No. 2016/001

23 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2016 Last revised: 16 Jul 2016

Cheng Han Tan

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 11, 2016

Abstract

This paper suggests that there is very little substance to the so-called Beijing Consensus. Instead, China's political system is simply the consequence of the communist triumph over the Kuomintang, and her economic approach the reversal of the disastrous policies of the Mao period coupled with lessons learnt from the economic development of other Asian economies including Singapore. As Singapore is often touted as a model for China, this paper sets out an important but often underappreciated element that underpins Singapore's success, namely its democratic system of government. It suggests that this may be the most important lesson that China can learn from Singapore.

Keywords: Washington Consensus, Beijing Consensus, Singapore, economic development, democracy, corruption, state-owned enterprises, political liberalization

Suggested Citation

Tan, Cheng Han, The Beijing Consensus and Possible Lessons from the 'Singapore Model'? (January 11, 2016). Cambridge University Press, Dr CHEN Weitseng of the NUS law school (editor), Forthcoming; NUS - Centre for Asian Legal Studies Working Paper No. 16/01; NUS Law Working Paper No. 2016/001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2713698 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2713698

Cheng Han Tan (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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