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The locust and the bee : predators and creators in capitalism's future

Author: Geoff Mulgan
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2013.
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"The recent economic crisis was a dramatic reminder that capitalism can both produce and destroy. It's a system that by its very nature encourages predators and creators, locusts and bees. But, as Geoff Mulgan argues in this compelling, imaginative, and important book, the economic crisis also presents a historic opportunity to choose a radically different future for capitalism, one that maximizes its creative power  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoff Mulgan
ISBN: 9780691146966 0691146969
OCLC Number: 799251734
Description: vi, 335 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: After capitalism --
Barren and pregnant crises --
The essence of capitalism --
To take or to make --
The roles of predators and creators --
Capitalism's critics --
Anticapitalist utopias and neotopias --
The nature of change --
How one system becomes another --
Creative and predatory technology --
The rise of economies based on relationships and maintenance --
Capitalism's generative ideas --
New accommodations, or how societies (occasionally) jump --
Outgrowing capitalism.
Responsibility: Geoff Mulgan.

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"The recent economic crisis was a dramatic reminder that capitalism can both produce and destroy. It's a system that by its very nature encourages predators and creators, locusts and bees. But, as Geoff Mulgan argues in this compelling, imaginative, and important book, the economic crisis also presents a historic opportunity to choose a radically different future for capitalism, one that maximizes its creative power and minimizes its destructive force. In an engaging and wide-ranging argument, Mulgan digs into the history of capitalism across the world to show its animating ideas, its utopias and dystopias, as well as its contradictions and possibilities. Drawing on a subtle framework for understanding systemic change, he shows how new political settlements reshaped capitalism in the past and are likely to do so in the future. By reconnecting value to real-life ideas of growth, he argues, efficiency and entrepreneurship can be harnessed to promote better lives and relationships rather than just a growth in the quantity of material consumption. Healthcare, education, and green industries are already becoming dominant sectors in the wealthier economies, and the fields of social innovation, enterprise, and investment are rapidly moving into the mainstream--all indicators of how capital could be made more of a servant and less a master. This is a book for anyone who wonders where capitalism might be heading next--and who wants to help make sure that its future avoids the mistakes of the past."--Provided by publisher.

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"[I]nteresting and thought-provoking."--Frank Dillon, Irish Times "Geoff Mulgan's The Locust and the Bee is an important contribution to this field."--John Lloyd, Financial Times "There is much in Read more...

 
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