The Quest for Prosperity: Reframing Political Economy (Hardback)
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The Quest for Prosperity: Reframing Political Economy (Hardback)

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Hardback 348 Pages / Published: 11/10/2017
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Envisioning a different mode of economic relations requires a rethinking of the classical frames of references we commonly take for granted. The implicit assumptions that we carry into critical debates are the stumbling blocks for finding useful solutions to age-old economic problems. And these impediments constrict our political imagination. This book asks what are these frames of references? How many of them are worthy of retaining, while others might be discarded? And what new framings should be adopted in order to bring about a less crisis-prone and morally acceptable mode of human interaction? Each chapter interrogates a different frame of reference, including culturally-embedded concepts of human nature, scarcity and abundance, markets, and the human condition. Examining their historical anchoring and the ways in which they have become confining for the realities of the postmodern world in which we currently live, it is shown that they have become so familiar that they are assumed rather than critically examined in most discussions of political economy.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
ISBN: 9781783489299
Number of pages: 348
Weight: 621 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 27 mm


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Sassower's study is excitingly elementary: it revitalizes the familiar basics of economics. The ideas of Adam Smith and of Karl Marx are still important and fresh, Sassower says, due to their firm root in the philosophies of their times. These he replaces with a new, critical philosophy, while retaining the basic quest of economic theory: abolishing hunger and creating abundance. -- Joseph Agassi, Emeritus Professor, Tel-Aviv University and York University, Toronto
Sassower weaves together strands of Marxism, Popperianism and postmodernism to offer an original, practical and hopeful approach to how we-citizens, thinkers and students-might enact collective prosperity. Such prosperity comes from our desire to improve the human condition. With singular clarity and directness, Sassower argues convincingly for new commitments -philosophical, social and political-in service to our collective flourishing. -- James Collier, Associate Professor of Science and Technology, Virginia Tech
Raphael Sassower systematically analyzes the modern economic system: not just the systems that provide the mechanic function of capitalism but the very metric by which success and failure are measured. By interrogating the notion of "Prosperity" Sassower identifies and begins to fill a gap that emerges from employing established units of measure in an evolving economic context. -- Michael Sawyer, Assistant Professor, Colorado College

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