State Capitalism and the New Global D/development Regime

Ilias Alami*, Adam D. Dixon, Emma Mawdsley

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Official discourses of Development are being redefined. If the key geopolitical contexts shaping the post-war Development project were decolonisation and the Cold War, the defining world-historical transformations shaping the emerging vision of Development are the expansion of state capitalism and the rise of China. The IMF, the World Bank, the OECD, the G20, other multilaterals, and bilateral partners are increasingly taking stock of the rise of state capitalism, and acting as ideational vectors of this emerging regime. However, this new “state capitalist normal” is also portrayed as carrying risks. There is anxiety regarding the direction the political form of global capital accumulation is heading: with the unchecked proliferation of state capitalism possibly blunting competition, politicising economic relations, and intensifying geoeconomic tensions. This anxiety underwrites the current re-articulation of Development, one which embraces the state as promoter, supervisor, and owner of capital; even as it critiques China’s use of similar instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1294-1318
Number of pages25
Issue number5
Early online date7 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • development finance architecture
  • global development regime
  • multilateral development institutions
  • new cold war
  • state capitalism
  • state enterprises

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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