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Morality and Power: On Ethics, Economics and Public Policy (Hardback)
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Morality and Power: On Ethics, Economics and Public Policy (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 25/08/2017
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Morality and Power offers a compelling critique of orthodox economic analysis and its impacts on public policy. Mike Berry argues that the theoretical underpinning of evaluative tools like cost-benefit analysis rests on an incoherent concept of `efficiency' derived from Paretian welfare economics. Beginning by reviewing the historical progression of economic thought, Berry argues there has been a lack of crucial development in economic thinking in public policy since the economic crisis of 2008. The ethically unacceptable outcomes of the current public policy approach are exposed: most notably the support for policies that accentuate inequality and social polarization; the outbreak of crises in the financial sector, and the treatment of refugees and migrants. Finally, threats to liberal democracies in an age of rampant populism and rising nationalism are examined, offering noteworthy suggestions for an alternative democratic future. Both students and practitioners of heterodox economics and public policy will find this book a compelling insight into the ethical concerns of neoliberal policies shaped by politicians and policymakers today.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781786435552
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


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`There is much to appreciate in this book, particularly regarding its analysis of the rise of mainstream economics, and it is refreshing to find someone demonstrating the relation between the abstractions of economic and political theory and a wide range of pressing contemporary issues.' -- Housing, Theory and Society
`This outstanding book shows why mainstream economics, purporting to be the premier social science, is really neither social nor scientific. Economists' standard assumption of individual rationality ignores the social context, values and power structures that shape actual economic decisions, behaviour and outcomes. Mike Berry's new book takes us through the evolution of key economic ideas about markets, efficiency and welfare, showing how economics lost its way as a guide to useful public policy. It shows how an explicitly ethical alternative could help us deal better with modern challenges like financial instability, economic inequality and environmental crisis.' -- Journal of Australian Political Economy
`This is a wonderful book full of insight and argument about the biggest issues facing humanity. Mike Berry writes with verve and imagination, translating the history of ethics and economics into a manifesto for 21st century public policy. Its scope is something to behold.' -- Gordon Clark, University of Oxford, UK
`This outstanding book shows why mainstream economics, purporting to be the premier social science, is really neither social nor scientific. Economists' standard conception of individual rationality ignores the social context, values and power structures that shape actual economic outcomes. Berry's book takes us through the evolution of key economic ideas about markets,efficiency and welfare, explaining how economists lost their way. It shows how an explicitly ethical alternative can help us to deal with current challenges like financial instability, economic inequality and environmental crisis. It is warmly recommended to readers seeking a more sensible and humane approach to public policy.' -- Frank Stilwell, the University of Sydney, Australia
`Critical of the dominant neoliberal application of economics to public policy, Berry makes a convincing case for the renewal of ethical principles in search of wealth and the "good life". Erudite and accessible, this book is an intellectual tour de force that covers the major historical and normative aspects of capitalist economies in its quest for more sustainable alternatives.' -- Manfred B. Steger, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, US and RMIT University, Australia

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