Is Neoliberalism Alive? Principles and the Washington Consensus

Tyumen State University Herald. Social, Economic, and Law Research


2018, Vol. 4. №1

Is Neoliberalism Alive? Principles and the Washington Consensus

For citation: Kaźmierczyk J. 2018. “Is Neoliberalism Alive? Principles and the Washington Consensus”. Tyumen State University Herald. Social, Economic, and Law Research, vol. 4, no 1, pp. 212-225. DOI: 10.21684/2411-7897-2018-4-1-212-225

About the author:

Jerzy Kaźmierczyk, Ph. D., Postdoc, Institute of Finance and Economics, University of Tyumen; Assistant Professor, Poznan University of Economics and Business (Poland);,


The following article presents the concept of neoliberalism and examines its popularity among researchers. This study referenceы the neoliberal socio-economic doctrine, reflected in the ten Washington Consensus principles.

First, the author presents and analyzes the neoliberal doctrine of economics. On this basis, he has formulated a survey, aimed at research economists. So far, there has been no such empirical research on the principles of the Washington Consensus. The survey responses have allowed to create a list of economic principles according to personal preferences.

The most popular principles include 1) freedom to invest funds; 2) protection of the private property; 3) independent central bank system; 4) the public debt not exceeding 60% of GDP; 5) the public finance deficit not higher than 3% of GDP; 6) moderately low taxes and social transfers; 7) economic development as the priority objective of the economic policy; 8) value added tax as the most important source of budgetary revenue; 9) employment growth as the priority objective of the economic policy.

Most of the chosen in the survey economic principles, on the one hand, are related to the Washington Consensus. On the other hand, they reflect the current economic problems and personal aspirations.


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