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Russia, the Ukraine, and the Markets: Broken BRICs
Over four years ago, when Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, what had so far been the US subprime meltdown turned into a global financial crisis. Since then, life has been tough for the Western economies, struck by low growth or recession, unemployment, financial drought, fiscal deficit, mounting public debt, consumption in the doldrums and social unrest.
As the author points out: I fully agree with Sharma: However, it is advisable to look at some qualitative changes that have occurred before and during the golden s and that might lead us to a different world economic and power map in the medium and long terms. Growth versus Structural Change and Development No doubt part of the reason why China and the rest of the BRICs grew so fast over the past decade is that the Western countries were growing too. Therefore, the BRICs took the opportunity to increase their exports to the main global consumption markets.
However, this economic dynamic was possible because the pillars for a steady —not necessarily even and constant— growth and economic development had been established and renewed for the previous three decades in several of the emerging economies.
Since then, economic reforms have been constant. The main feature of the Chinese development model is that it has been able to adapt to new challenges that is, economic challenges both at the local and global levels. Brazil has been testing different development models since the s.
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The expansion of the domestic market, regional exports and the consolidation of a local industry might be the muscle necessary to cope with the current slowdown in growth.
Actually, this steady path towards development in a very few but highly populated developing countries explains —mainly but not exclusively— the drop in hunger and extreme poverty levels that should lead to the accomplishment of the first of the Millenium Development Goals.
Emerging Countries have been Financing Developed Countries and, this Time, Not Just Petro-dollars Another difference between what happened in the s and previous boom episodes is that excess liquidity did not come from the developed countries or from oil-exporting economies. This time, part of the money came from emerging manufacturing countries.
Of course, this is not the first time a developing country actually develops after the Second World War, in the current international order. But it is the first time this process is going on at the same time in at rucnir three very big countries: China, Brazil and India.
Why is this so important?
Because these countries will not need to adhere to a pre-established union or to informally join a certain group of economies, or to accept the rules of the game the way they are. All of them are becoming powerful global players whether they like it or not before being rich, and this is a new thing.
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This will probably change the current world order. So it is difficult to predict what will happen in the near future.
Perhaps it is more likely that China will experience a similar process to that rucbir several of its neighbours —as its development model shares similarities with the South Korean, Taiwanese and Malaysian—.
Social unrest should continue to rise as a new low-to-middle-class demanding more economic and new political and social rights starts to emerge out of extreme poverty and begins to flourish.