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The moral economy : why good incentives are no substitute for good citizens

Author: Samuel Bowles
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Castle lectures in ethics, politics, and economics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Should the idea of economic man--the amoral and self-interested Homo economicus--determine how we expect people to respond to monetary rewards, punishments, and other incentives? Samuel Bowles answers with a resounding "no." Policies that follow from this paradigm, he shows, may "crowd out" ethical and generous motives and thus backfire. But incentives per se are not really the culprit. Bowles shows that crowding  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Bowles
ISBN: 9780300163803 0300163800 9780300230512 0300230516
OCLC Number: 930798081
Notes: Parts of this book were given as the Castle Lectures in Yale's Program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, delivered by Samuel Bowles at Yale University in 2010.
Description: xvi, 272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: The problem with homo economicus --
A constitution for knaves --
Moral sentiments and material interests --
Incentives as information --
A liberal civic culture --
The legislator's dilemma --
A mandate for Aristotle's legislator.
Series Title: Castle lectures in ethics, politics, and economics.
Other Titles: Why good incentives are no substitute for good citizens
Responsibility: Samuel Bowles.

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