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Ethics and the Market. Insights from Social Economics

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Betsy Jane Clary, Wilfred Dolfsma, Figart Deborah M., Routledge, London and New York, November 2011

Comprising cutting-edge work on the state of social economics today, this theoretically diverse book includes strong emphasis on the role of ethics, morality, identity, and society in economic theorizing.

Much existing economic theory overlooks ethics. Rather than situating the market and values at separate extremes of a continuum, Ethics and the Market contends that the two are necessarily and intimately related. This volume brings together some of the best work in the social economics tradition, with strong contributions and pedagogy, and a cross-national blend of economics, philosophy, and policy. The contributors embed the economic within the social, rather than viewing ‘the economy’ and ‘society’ as separable spheres of life activity, and in so doing, three key themes are illuminated, corresponding to the volume’s tripartite structure:

Morality and Markets

Redefining the Boundaries of Economics

Social Economics in Transition.

Ethics and the Market illuminates the diverse and dynamic theoretical approaches that are employed in social economics, reflecting on their continuously evolving relationship with neoclassical economics. Taking an innovative approach, this integrative book challenges traditional ways of thinking, and will prove vital reading for students and academics in the fields of Economics, Sociology, Gender Studies, and Public Policy.