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Economics for a Civilized Society

Author : Greg Davidson
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A revised presentation of an economic theory taking into account the civic responsibilities of individuals, communities, and government. Davidson (Assistant Director, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA) and Davidson (political economy, U. of Tennessee) argue that neoclassical economics must be tempered by conventional wisdom, defining the political economy of civilization and questioning current economic theories surrounding unemployment, taxes, the "free" market, inflation, and international debt. The ultimate goal of the authors' discussions is to provide a foundation of principles which maintains a prosperous civil society within a global economy. Paper edition (894-8), $24.95. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Economics for a Civilized Society

Author : G. Davidson
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Economics for a Civilized Society incorporates both self-interest and civic value motivations to provide an understanding of how our economic system works and how we can develop economic policies that assures a prosperous and civil society. Conventional economics policies involving inflation, the money supply, unemployment, international trade and payments, require that some people suffer so that others thrive in a zero sum game context. Civilized economic policies will employ all of society's resources to work for the betterment of both individuals, families, and the community. From taxes to international trade, the Davidsons show how to surmount today's seemingly intractable economic problems with civilized programmes.

Economics for a Civilized Society

Author : Greg Davidson
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This is an attempt to identify the philosophical underpinnings which have led us to place an over-reliance on the motivation of self-interest in governing our society. It analyzes the role of civic values in modifying economic behaviour.

Economics for a Civilized Society

Author : Greg Davidson
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Preface to the First Edition -- Preface to the Second Edition -- 1 In Pursuit of Civilization -- A natural rate of unemployment? -- Civilizing conservatism -- Economics and American government -- The importance of self-interest -- Conservative government -- Decline of institutions -- Civilized government and civic virtue -- The civic tradition of excellence and liberty -- 2 The Demise of Liberal Economics and the Emergence of Conservatism -- The paradox of Reaganomics

See Social Injustice And Evil

Author : Cortez Chenot
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Many of the details of author's account are open to dispute, but the revolutionary impact of the argument is beyond doubt: by insisting that our understanding of modern society must be placed on a historical footing, He invites us to see social injustice and evil as products of pernicious social institutions - not permanent features of an unsatisfactory or fallen condition. He offers no clear solution to the evils he diagnoses, but the implication of his argument is clear: society's most serious problems are caused, not by human nature, but by social institutions, especially property; if we wish to address these problems, we must change those institutions. The unflagging passion, clarity, and rhetorical power of the writer's style have inspired many social reformers and revolutionaries. Even today, his words are still cited by those who wish to challenge just how free and happy our citizens are in a society that prides itself on economic freedoms and the pursuit of happiness.

The Keynes Solution

Author : Paul Davidson
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Today's financial crisis has led to a widespread lack of confidence in the laissez faire style of economic policy. In The Keynes Solution author Paul Davidson provides insights into how we got into the crisis—but more importantly how to use Keynes economic philosophy to get out of this mess. John Maynard Keynes was committed to making the market economy work—but our current system has been a dismal failure. Keynes advocated for an interventionalist government role, in cooperation with private initiative, to mitigate the adverse effects of recessions, depressions and booms. His economic policy helped the world out of the great depression and was an important influencer in the thinking behind FDR's new deal policies. In this book Keynesian expert Davidson makes recommendations and details plans for spending, monetary policy, financial market rules and regulation, and wages—all to reverse the effects of our past policies. Keynes renewed influence can be seen everywhere: in Barack Obama's planned stimulus package, for example—and this book explains the basic tenant of Keynesian economics as well as applied solutions to today's critical situation.

John Maynard Keynes

Author : P. Davidson
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This book looks at the life of Keynes leading up to the writing of his seminal General Theory , examines the General Theory in detail, and explores how it differs from classical theory. The impact of Keynes's work on the economy postwar and up to the present day is also assessed.

The Meaning of the Twentieth Century

Author : Kenneth Ewart Boulding
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Economic Studies Routledge Revivals

Author : David P. Levine
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First published in 1977, David Levine's Economic Studies offers a critique and reconstruction of the theoretical conception of economic life. The premise of the study is that only an investigation of the system of elementary economic relations - value, capital, production - can overcome the confusion and misdirection which baffles progress in all areas of economic theory, and lay the foundation for further development of economic science. Levine discusses both the origins of economic science and the character of contemporary economic thought. He presents a critique of the ideas of classical political economy and of the notion of a 'labor theory of value' which excludes the possibility of a science of economic relations.

Interpreting Keynes for the 21st Century

Author : P. Davidson
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The 4th volume of Davidson's major contributions to the economics and policy debates of our times, this book contains articles, newspaper columns and papers that explain why Keynes's General Theory , as developed by Post Keynesian theorists, provides important policy implications for the economic problems of the 21st century global economy.

Philosophy of Civilizations

Author : Roksana Trofimova
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"Philosophy of civilizations" is dedicated to studing and modeling of local civilizations' cultural and economic systems. In many ways, the basic idea of the book is a further development of Toynbee and Huntington theories. The author relies on the basic principles of civilized method of studying society, economy and culture. In the book economy is seen as a natural part of the civilization's culture. Its development depends entirely on the cultural development laws of a particular society. Based on these principles, three ancient and three modern civilizations are researched and modeled, predicted their fate in the modern world. "Philosophy of civilizations" will be interesting for all who read in Russian and study philosophy and social science.

Towards a Civilized Society

Author : Uche J. B. Akam
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Economics and sociology towards an integration

Author : T. Huppes
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In recent years economics has been the subject of increasingly severe criticism. It has failed both to predict and to counteract the economic crisis now affiicting nearly the whole Western world. Economic life is more disrupted than ever: - the rate of inflation has risen alarmingly - unemployment has not been as high since the 1930s - economic growth is stagnating - there is increasing opposition to the inequality in the distribution of income and wealth, on a national scale as well as in the world at large - the process of economic integration (EEC, GATT, UNCT AD) is being thwarted - programmes of economic development in the third world have not produced the desired effects - etcetera. Obviously, it would not be fair to put the blame for the crisis on economic science. But the present predicament does call for serious consideration of the limitations of economic explanation. Among the social sciences, economics is unquestionably the most advanced discipline. Its very sophistication, however, leads it to abstract from social phenomena such as norms, institutions, power, conflict and social change. Thus the manifest influence of sociological variables on the course of economic processes remains hidden. Dominating this book as a drumbeat is the conviction held by the several authors that a clearer grasp of the current problems may be obtained if economists and sociologists are prepared to co-operate more closely. An interdisciplinary approach is warranted; the distinction between the social sciences should be less sharply drawn.

Economics as Social Science

Author : Roberto Marchionatti
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There is a growing consensus in social sciences that there is a need for interdisciplinary research on the complexity of human behavior. At an age of crisis for both the economy and economic theory, economics is called upon to fruitfully cooperate with contiguous social disciplines. The term ‘economics imperialism’ refers to the expansion of economics to territories that lie outside the traditional domain of the discipline. Its critics argue that in starting with the assumption of maximizing behaviour, economics excludes the nuances of rival disciplines and has problems in interpreting real-world phenomena. This book focuses on a territory that persists to be largely intractable using the postulates of economics: that of primitive societies. In retracing the origins of economics imperialism back to the birth of the discipline, this volume argues that it offers a reductionist interpretation that is poor in interpretative power. By engaging with the neglected traditions of sociological and anthropological studies, the analysis offers suggestions for a more democratic cooperation between the social sciences. Economics as Social Science is of great interest to those who study history of economic thought, political economy and the history of economic anthropology, as well as history of social sciences and economic methodology.

The Rise of Political Economy in the Scottish Enlightenment

Author : Tatsuya Sakamoto
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This collection of essays provides a comprehensive view of the economic thought of the Scottish Enlightenment. Organized as a chronological account of the rise and progress of political economy in eighteenth century Scotland, each chapter discusses the way in which the moral and economic improvement of the Scottish nation became a common concern. Contributors not only explore the economic discourses of David Hume, James Steuart and Adam Smith but also consider the neglected economic writings of Andrew Fletcher, Robert Wallace, Francis Hutcheson, William Robertson, John Millar and Dugald Stewart. This book addresses the question of how these economic writings interacted with the moral, political and historical arguments of the time and shows how contemporary issues related to the union with England, natural jurisprudence, classical republicanism and manners and civilization all contained an economic dimension. Key chapters include: The ancient modern controversy in the Scottish Enlightenment The 'Scottish Triangle' in the shaping of political economy: David Hume, Sir James Steuart and Adam Smith Civilization and history in Lord Kames and William Robertson Adam Smith in Japan This view of the origin of economic science in Britain is markedly different from traditional accounts and will be of interest to economic, political and social historians.

Principles of Comparative Economics

Author : Radhakamal Mukerjee
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Excerpt from Principles of Comparative Economics, Vol. 2 Family as Social Unit. - The fundamental unit of civilised society is not the individual but the family. Without the family no other social groups are possible. The family leads the individual out of his seclusion, deprives him of his egoistic selfishness and lifts him to a more elevated selfishness in order that he can enjoy a higher life with his fellow individuals. In the family relation a man first of all learns to live for others. Without this discipline higher social relations are impossible. It is for this reason that the disintegration of the family is a menace to social existence. The family is the foundation of society; its disintegration threatens the foundations of social life. The individual by himself cannot act effectively in civilised society. By himself he cannot enjoy the fruits of civilisation. Social progress finds man in many social groups. Each of these groups moulds and re-shapes a man. It expresses and develops a particular phase of man's personality. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Foundations of Private Property Society Theory

Author : Robert Wenzel
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Robert Wenzel builds an engaging, unrelenting case for, essentially, every person becoming the monarch of his or her own kingdom -- minus the titles, royal status, or constitutional framework. This book thus calls for a radical new type of society. It rejects almost all current thinking about government, democracy, republics and society and considers new ways that rules, police, ""national"" security could operate under a ""private property"" system.

Civil Society Development

Author : Jude Howell
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Setting out to explore critically the way civil society has entered development thinking, policy and practice as a paradigmatic concept of the 21st century, Howell (development studies, U. of Sussex) and Pearce (Latin American politics, U. of Bradford) trace the historical path leading to the encounter between the ideas of development and civil society in the late 1980s and how donors have translated these into development policy an programs. They find that there are competing normative visions, which have deep roots in Western European political thought, about the role of civil society in relation to the state and market both among donors and within the societies where donors are operating. This leads to donors playing a major role in shaping the character of service provision. They also argue that their study exposes the hitherto unexplored power of the market, as opposed to solely the state, to distort donor programs. c. Book News Inc.

Ethical Issues in Economics

Author : M. Lunati
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A critical perspective on the foundations of economic theory showing the importance of ethical considerations and focusing in particular on altruism, cooperation and equity. Mainstream neoclassical economics is analysed and challenged from a moral and socio-economic perspective, emphasizing the relationship between economics, ethics and politics. Throughout the book the nature of homo economicus is contrasted with that of homo ethicus. Their different moral principles, behavioural rules and values are compared and the importance of this battle for a good and civilised society is emphasised.

The Myth of Female Equality in Pioneer Society

Author : Linda Edith Lee
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The Western suffrage movement of the early twentieth century argued that women deserved the vote because they had worked side-by-side with the men opening up the West. But, did women and men assume equal or even comparable roles in Western Canadian pioneer society? Using the Red River Settlement during the years 1812 to 1863 as an example of a Western pioneer society the answer to this question can be explored. A simple model is used to determine the level of women's involvement within any given aspect of society, from education to politics to economic activities. The model has four levels: non-involvement, commentator, participant, director. These stages are used to determine the degree of involvement only. The type of activity in which women participated and their level of involvement are both important when assessing the status of women within the community. In the Red River Colony two basic changes in women's roles occurred. In the unstable pre-1820 period women were active in political and economic decision-making. When the political situation stabilized and Red River began to imitate "civilized" European society, the roles of women changed. Women moved from a participatory level in politics and economics to a limited role in the more traditionally acceptable pursuits for women, such as social and educational activities. Therefore, the first change occurred in the type of roles in which women were involved. The second change was a change in degree. Once involved in education women increased their participation over time until in the 1840's and 1950's a few women reached the level of director. Women were also involved in the social functions of the community. However, the level of women's economic activity remained low after 1820, although there was continued participation in agricultural activities. There was no apparent increase in the economic or legal power of women over the years. Most women who acquired property did so when widowed. Social form restricted female participation in legal proceedings. Only in a society with a very small population, engaged in extreme political crisis did pioneer women assume powerful roles in the fundamental aspects of their society. When the community was able to develop along British settlement patterns the roles of women changed abruptly. From the 1820's to the 1860's the desire of the Red River Settlement to imitate "civilized" society restricted women's activities. Only in very limited areas did women increase their influence to a level comparable to men after 1820. Therefore, the belief in pioneer egaritarianism, although it served its persuasive purposes in the twentieth century suffrage movement, can only be viewed as a myth in the context of the Red River Colony.