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The New Scramble for Africa

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Carmody, P. (2015). The New Scramble for Africa. Jacobin, 19, pp. 45-52

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Membership in the BRICS is also key to China’s flexible geopolitical position. While the BRICS grouping has different meanings to different participants, for China it is part of a strategy to construct a counterpole to Western power — not through overthrowing the current global structures, but by bending them in China’s favor. Given the history of Western domination on their continent — and China’s (relative) lack of conditionalities and policy of non-interference — African political elites find this to be a relatively attractive alternative.

something I didn't really consider before but perhaps worth knowing

—p.50 by Padraig Carmody 3 years, 4 months ago

Membership in the BRICS is also key to China’s flexible geopolitical position. While the BRICS grouping has different meanings to different participants, for China it is part of a strategy to construct a counterpole to Western power — not through overthrowing the current global structures, but by bending them in China’s favor. Given the history of Western domination on their continent — and China’s (relative) lack of conditionalities and policy of non-interference — African political elites find this to be a relatively attractive alternative.

something I didn't really consider before but perhaps worth knowing

—p.50 by Padraig Carmody 3 years, 4 months ago

a set of 10 economic policy prescriptions considered to constitute the "standard" reform package promoted for crisis-wracked developing countries by Washington, D.C.–based institutions like the IMF and the World Bank (in a nutshell, neoliberalism); term first used in 1989 by English economist John Williamson

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Still, there are differences between the “Washington Consensus” policies of the past and those advanced by the brics. For one, China does not have a neoliberal economy

—p.50 by Padraig Carmody
notable
3 years, 4 months ago

Still, there are differences between the “Washington Consensus” policies of the past and those advanced by the brics. For one, China does not have a neoliberal economy

—p.50 by Padraig Carmody
notable
3 years, 4 months ago