Chris Van Es

Big Ideas from Small Countries

Once upon a time, Japanese capitalism was the model of economic success that other countries should and would emulate – a role subsequently filled by the US. With American-style capitalism now attracting few takers, perhaps countries should look for new models on the periphery of the world economy.

CAMBRIDGE – Two decades ago, many people thought that the lesson of the 1980’s was that Japan’s variant of capitalism was the best model, and that other countries around the world should and would follow it. The Japanese model quickly lost its luster in the 1990’s.

A decade ago, many thought that the lesson of the 1990’s was that the United States’ variant of capitalism was the best model, and that other countries should and would follow. The American model lost its attractiveness in the 2000’s.

So, where should countries look now, in 2010, for models of economic success to emulate?

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