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Mariana Mota Prado
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Associate Professor of Law, University of Toronto, Canada
Associate Professor of Law, University of Toronto, Canada

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On pianos, trees and development
An apologies to our readers for my absence during this semester. Family matters have kept me away from most of my professional commitments. But I am back, and happy to see that Michael Dowdle's has done a good job at keeping the blog alive! In a beautiful a...
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Replacing the Search for a Beijing Consensus with a Toronto-Singapore-São Paulo Dialogue
I have learned a lot with this dialogue and was happily
surprised to find out that Pessimo and I actually had a number of points of
agreement, contrary to what we assumed when we started this exercise. 1)     We
may have numerous disagreements about strateg...
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Dialogus de Beijing Consensus, part 3: Optimo on the 'East Asian Model'
Optimo: Pessimo's last post suggests that gradualism does not offer a model for development, but instead it is simply a model to manage economic transition, but not to promote economic development. Pessimo also considers the possibility of such gradualism t...
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Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Optimo on the Ends and Means of Experimentalism
Optimo: In the last post, Pessimo provided some illuminating comments about what is often portrayed as an example of experimentalism: land reform in China. The post presents some interesting arguments, and I wonder if these have been developed in an academi...
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Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- The Beijing Consensus reloaded: Optimo on Experimentalism
Optimo: We turn now to a second version of the argument that the so-called Beijing Consensus potentially represent a development model that contrasts with the
Washington Consensus. This second version is based on the idea that this model is primarily based...
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Brazil's elections: a choice of development models
A short break in the debate about the Beijing Consensus for some breaking news: Today, Brazil decided to re-elect its President , keeping Dilma Rousseff for another 4 years in power. The margin of victory was really small (51.6%). The wealthy regions (south...
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No São Paulo Consensus or Happiness for Pessimo
 Pessimo brought a measure of well-being to suggest that São Paulo would be probably be a good place to be. I suggest we adopt a development-related concept, which is the World Happiness Index promoted by the United Nations. As Michael Trebilcock and Marian...
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Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Optimo on Ramo's idea of a 'Beijing Consensus' (Third theorem)
As promised, I now turn to the third theorem of Ramo, which is the
following: Finally, the Beijing Consensus contains a theory of
self-determination, one that stresses using leverage to move big, hegemonic
powers that may be tempted to tread on your toes. T...
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Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Optimo on Ramo's idea of a 'Beijing Consensus' (Second theorem)
Now that Pessimo and I have engaged a far bit on the
first theorem, it is time to do what I have been promising in the last two
weeks: present some comments on the second theorem. It is has been a while since Pessimo presented Ramo’s
ideas, so here is a mem...
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Dialogus de Beijing Consensus -- Optimo on Pessimo's idea of development, innovation and his own sex
Shortly after my post last week, Pessimo posted a series o f
clarifications on this blog that demand a reply before I turn to his remarks on the other two theorems of Ramo. First, on the concept of development, Pessimo
clarifies that he is deterministic onl...
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