The Beijing Consensus: Legitimizing Authoritarianism in Our Timeby Stefan Halper
Taking us on a whirlwind tour of China in the worldfrom dictators in Africa to oligarchs in Southeast Asia to
Beijing presents a clear and gathering threat to Washingtonbut not for the reasons you think. China's challenge to the West stems from its transformative brand of capitalism and an entirely different conception of the international community.
Taking us on a whirlwind tour of China in the worldfrom dictators in Africa to oligarchs in Southeast Asia to South American strongmenHalper demonstrates that China's illiberal vision is rapidly replacing that of the so-called Washington Consensus. Instead of promoting democracy through economic aid, as does the West, China offers no-strings-attached gifts and loans, a policy designed to build a new Beijing Consensus.
The autonomy China offers, together with the appeal of its illiberal capitalism, have become the dual engines for the diffusion of power away from the West. The Beijing Consensus is the one book to read to understand this new Great Game in all its complexity.
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Meet the Author
Stefan Halper is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. Halper served in the White House and Department of State during the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations. He divides his time between Great Falls, Virginia, and Cambridge, UK.
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Lots of people write books about history, politics and international affairs but few open up entirely new paradigms for gauging the progress of ideas and events on a worldwide scale. The relatively sudden arrival of a long-stunted China on the world's stage demands analysis that goes beyond the standard Them versus Us model. Halper's study is groundbreaking. It's a good read, too.