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The moral consequences of economic growth

Author: Benjamin M Friedman
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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""Are we right," Benjamin M. Friedman asks, "to care so much about economic growth as we clearly do?" To answer, Friedman reaches beyond economics. He examines the political and social histories of the large Western democracies - particularly of the United States since the Civil War - distinguishing times of generally rising living standards from those of pervasive stagnation to illustrate how rising incomes render  Read more...
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Friedman, Benjamin M.
Moral consequences of economic growth.
New York : Knopf, 2005
(OCoLC)654130132
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin M Friedman
ISBN: 0679448918 9780679448914 1400095719 9781400095711
OCLC Number: 57751594
Description: x, 570 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: I: Ideas, their origins, and their implications --
What growth is, what growth does --
Perspectives from the enlightenment and its roots --
Crosscurrents: the age of improvement and beyond --
Rising incomes, individual attitudes, and the politics of social change --
II: Democracy in America --
From Horatio Alger to William Jennings Bryan --
From TR to FDR --
Great depression, great exception --
America to the postwar era --
III: Other times, other places: the European democracies --
Britain --
France --
Germany --
IV: Development, equality, globalization, and the environment --
Economics and politics in the developing world --
Virtuous circles, vicious circles --
Growth and equality --
Growth and the environment --
V: Looking forward --
Economic policy and economic growth in America.
Responsibility: Benjamin M. Friedman.
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""Are we right," Benjamin M. Friedman asks, "to care so much about economic growth as we clearly do?" To answer, Friedman reaches beyond economics. He examines the political and social histories of the large Western democracies - particularly of the United States since the Civil War - distinguishing times of generally rising living standards from those of pervasive stagnation to illustrate how rising incomes render a society more open and democratic. He shows, too, how our attitudes toward economic growth and its consequences have roots in the thinking of prior centuries, especially the Enlightenment, and also include significant strands of religious influence." "Friedman also delineates the role of economic growth in determining which developing nations extend the broadest freedoms to their citizenry. He makes clear that growth, rather than just the level of living standards, is key to effecting political and social liberalization in the third world. But he also warns that the democratic values of countries even as wealthy as our own are at risk whenever incomes stagnate for extended periods. Merely being rich is no protection against a society's retreat into rigidity and intolerance once enough of its citizens lose the sense that they are getting ahead." "Finally, Friedman shows us why, if America is to strengthen democratic institutions around the world as a bulwark against terrorism and social unrest, we must aggressively pursue growth at home and promote worldwide economic expansion beyond what purely market-driven forces would create. And for the United States, he offers concrete suggestions for policy steps to achieve those objectives."--Jacket.

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