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- Verlag: Princeton Univers. Press; Auflage: 1 (2. Juli 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
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Winner of the 2014 Gold Medal in Economics, Axiom Business Book Awards One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014 One of Bloomberg Businessweek's Best Books of 2014, chosen by chosen by Bjorn Wahlroos One of Financial Times (FT.com) Best Economics Books of 2013 A "Best Business Book of the Year for 2013" selected on LinkedIn by Matthew Bishop, Economics Editor of The Economist "The book eloquently discusses the culture of innovation, which can refer to both an entrepreneurial mind-set and the cultural achievements during an age of change... The dismal science becomes a little brighter when Mr. Phelps draws the connections between the economic ferment of the industrial age and the art of Beethoven, Verdi and Rodin."--Edward Glaeser, Wall Street Journal "[I]nquiring readers, not just academics and social scientists, will enjoy the vast learning in Phelps's sophisticated, sometimes sardonic, look at homo economicus."--Publishers Weekly "Phelps, a Nobel laureate in economics, defies categorisation. In this extraordinary book--part history, part economics and part philosophy--he proclaims individual enterprise as the defining characteristic of modernity. But he fears this dynamism is lost. One does not have to agree to recognise that Phelps has addressed some of the big questions about our future."--Martin Wolf, Financial Times "Phelps has written a book that transcends the materialist walls of standard economics... It is a book J.M. Keynes would have admired ..."--Paul DeRosa, American Interest "[F]ascinating, versatile and profound ..."--Felix Martin, New Statesman "A great book that will annoy big business and absolutely infuriate the left. I loved it."--Diana Hunter, Financial World "Nobel laureate Edmund Phelps' latest book should be read by those seeking a broader context to the challenges currently facing the global economies. In his wide-ranging and insightful book, Professor Phelps draws on historical trends and cultural shifts to present his hypothesis that a lack of dynamism in modern economies lies at the root of the current malaise... Indeed, this remarkable book addresses the central economic question of why some economies thrive while others languish."--Declan Jordan, London School of Economics Review of Books "Few leading economists ... have tried to develop Marx's contention that there is an ineluctable relationship between human psychology and market participation. This relationship is what Phelps describes as human 'flourishing.'"--Andrew Godley, International Journal of the Economics of Business "Phelps has produced an insightful work that bridges gaps among economics, sociology, and philosophy to identify countries that have the capabilities to prosper and flourish. This book is an essential read for individuals interested in better assessing countries' economies and competitive advantages."--Library Journal "The author ranges extremely widely and any student of any age will gain something from it, irrespective of political views."--Samuel Brittan, Financial Times "Phelps's book deserves credit for showing that the strength of an economy doesn't depend on small differences in the tax rate, or the tactics of a country's central bank. Phelps rightly points out that economic dynamism depends on much deeper issues like a culture's affinity for risk taking and respect for individual achievement. And he wields convincing statistics that suggest actors in our political economy, from our government, to corporations, to workers, have to some extent lost their reverence for these values."--Chris Matthews, Time.com Money & Business "I ... find his values-driven view of national prosperity fascinating--and applicable to corporate and personal prosperity. If innovation and the prosperity it yields stem from the values to which we subscribe as individuals, organizations, and nations, it stands to reason that we should be paying a great deal of attention to the particular values we adopt and espouse."--Theodore Kinni, Strategy-Business.com "[E]xciting ..."--William Watson, National Post "[W]ide-ranging... Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge and Change, a distillation of years of research and thought about the changes in values and attitudes that once unleashed wide-scale creativity and risk-taking and which are under severe threat today."--Brian Milner, Globe & Mail "The book is wide-ranging and highly eclectic: in just two pages (pp. 280-281) you'll find references to Cervantes, Shakespeare, Hume, Voltaire, Jefferson, Keats, William Earnest Henley, William James, Walt Whitman, Abraham Maslow, Rawls, Nietzsche, and Lady Gaga! ... Anyone interested in the synthesis of free markets and social justice will find this eminent thinker's distinctive version of that synthesis both illuminating and thought-provoking."--Brink Lindsey, Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog "Phelps has given us a clear warning of the dangers of corporatism. I hope that more people hear and heed the warning."--Arnold Kling, Econlog "[I]t wasn't until today that I started looking at Mass Flourishing by Edmund Phelps, about the central role of innovation in modern growth and, more, in the enabling of the good life. Obviously I should have read it last week. It looks right on theme, and it is pleasing to pick up an economics book that has a chapter on Aristotle."--Enlightened Economist "One does not have to agree to recognise that Phelps has addressed some of the big questions about our future."--Financial Times "Mass Flourishing offers a brilliant dissection of the origins, causes, and eventual decline of modern capitalism--an inclusive economy characterized by the complex unfettered interactions among diverse indigenous innovators, entrepreneurs, financiers, and consumers... This book should be accessible to general readers and is especially stimulating for graduate students and those interested in economics, sociology, history, political science, and psychology."--Choice "It applies many important aspects of Virginia political economy, making a contribution to understanding not only the positive, but also the normative implications of the rules of the game."--Rosolino Candela, Public Choice "It challenges many of our prized assumptions about what makes economies succeed."--David P Goldman, Standpoint "This is a recommended read, not only because it was written by Edmund Phelps, the 2006 Nobel Laureate in economics, but for encouraging reflection on fundamental issues related to modern life and the contemporary interpretation of Aristotle's 'the good life'. The author is such an experienced and iconic guide that it makes the journey through the subjects covered in the book an excellent read for anyone."--Jacek Klich, Central Banking Journal "It is a marvelous book that deserves to be read by everyone, but particularly those entrusted with the design of the European future."--Bjorn Wahlroos, Bloomberg Businessweek
"Anyone who finds today's economic debates too small-minded for the immense challenges we face should be drawn to this important work. Only Edmund Phelps would place ultimate blame for the Great Recession on the loss of the right concept of the good life. Phelps has been ahead of his time as an economic thinker for a half century. This may be his deepest, boldest, and most important work."--Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard University
"Few scholars have had the capacity to place the concept of the 'good life' in the context of both philosophical and economic thought. That is what Edmund Phelps has done in his masterly analysis of what he terms a 'modern economy, ' once exemplified by Americans' capacity to innovate, to challenge, to dream--and to grow. But he warns that this model needs to be refreshed and changed to restore its potential."--Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve
"In this magisterial sweep of historical storytelling, Edmund Phelps draws upon his rich and deep cultural hinterland--from Robin Hood to Karl Marx to Friedrich Hayek--to explore why some countries develop dynamic economies driven by incessant innovation and inspiration while others still lag far behind. Economic history has rarely been more penetratingly understood and engagingly told."--Nicholas Wapshott, author of Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics
"This extraordinary, paradigm-shifting book provides fascinating and fresh insights into the relationship between economic systems, innovation, and creativity. Drawing from a dazzling array of historical and contemporary evidence, Edmund Phelps shows that misguided economic ideas have fractured societies and stifled well-being, and he provides a framework for going beyond the current predicament to create a better world. This book should be read by the widest possible audience."--Ian Goldin, director of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
"In this powerful book, Edmund Phelps disrupts lines of debate between right and left. He shows how human initiative and creativity hold the key to future economic prosperity and social progress, and argues that what is holding us back are not the demands of the needy, but rather the stranglehold of conservative attitudes and entrenched privileges, which have steadily narrowed the field for individual innovation and accomplishment."--Philip K. Howard, author of The Death of Common Sense
"This book is what Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations should have been about, if it were to have been an even more important book. Mass Flourishing contains much history, but it focuses more on what society should do today, and it provides a call to action."--Robert J. Shiller, author of Finance and the Good Society
"This book is very good indeed, drawing on a lifetime of thought and experience and a wide knowledge outside economics as well as, of course, in it. Phelps's argument about the relationship between personal flourishing, the dynamism of a society, and the innovative capacity of that society is well argued and clearly enunciated."--John Kay, author of Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: MP3 CD. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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What particularly struck me is the enjoyable learning experience from reading how the author unpacks the core ideas of important thinkers, ranging from Aristotle to Schumpeter, in such a condensed and revealing way.
Phelps has a gift for open-minded inquiry of the past that applies hard-nosed, constructive skepticism to alternative explanations of the historical record and for plainly describing the logic of his own conclusions.
If your reaction to reading this book is similar to mine, you will want every politician, federal and state, to study pages 310 to 324 that explain how best to enable dynamism on a large scale. This is not about any political ideology ---- simply superb research and persuasive logic.
The book is a blend of economic analysis and lessons found in certain of the great books of Western civilization. The economic analysis appears more in the first part of the book, although not exclusively. He then develops a three-part taxonomy of present-day economic perspectives: a modern, dynamic, innovative one that he is passionate about, and two that have grown up in reaction to the uncertainty posed by the modern approach: the failed Marxist-socialist one; and what he calls the "corporatist" one, by which he means economies in which large organizations of labor, capital and government all have developed over time to stultify innovation and dynamism. The author demonstrates how Western European societies in particular have stagnated economically due to a lack of dynamism and innovation, and contrasts that, of course with the US's relatively greater successes in those respects.
After laying out the failings of the alternative models, he seeks to develop an intellectual defense of the "modern" economy as "good and just" (I note he conspicuously tries to avoid using the word "capitalism" to define such an economy; I am not sure why). Columbia University where the author has taught most of his career is famous for its "core curriculum" in which undergraduates spend several semesters reading from the canon of Western civilization, in both the humanities, in political and social philosophy, and art and music. I can imagine Professor Phelps must have taught some of those courses at times as the book is steeped in references to many of those works. Just in the A-C portion of the index, I see references to Aristotle, Austen, Bach, Balanchine, Balzac, Leonard Bernstein, Lord Byron, William Blake, the Brontes, Cellini, Cervantes, Cezanne and Voltaire's Candide. Historians of political thought like Toynbee, Polanyi, Popper and Spengler are referenced. From the realm of economics, the thought of Adam Smith, of course, Hayek, Schumpeter and Marx are discussed, as are more modern figures like Gary Becker, Jared Diamond, Robert Gordon, Walt Rostow, Amartaya Sen and Luigi Zingales. For some reason, he does not mention Douglas North, although his focus on institutions and values is very much in the same camp as North.
But the greatest intellectual link Phelps establishes is to the work of John Rawls, with whom he apparently shared an appointment or grant at Berkeley back in the late 60's when Rawls was writing "A Theory of Justice". The last third of the book is an attempt to place the author's vision of the market economy in the context of Rawls' philosophy of "justice as fairness". I have always been a skeptic of "A Theory of Justice" which, in my view, depends for its foundation on a series of "make-believe" propositions that I reject as a proud member of the "reality-based community". Phelps focuses more on the later restatement of Rawls' philosophy, Justice as Fairness, which is meaningfully different from the earlier work.
Phelps is a proponent of some kind of wage subsidy being extended to employers of lower-paid workers and argues this is consistent with Rawls' redistributive principles. He draws out of Rawls an under-recognized endorsement of the market economy and of economic growth and efficiency. As well, he emphasizes Rawls' very insightful and timely dictum that people who want "to surf at Malibu all day", and thereby drop out of the collective effort to make the economy as large as possible have no just claim to receive any redistribution of the fruits of the economy.
Of course, that brings up, or ought to, the role of the welfare state in relation to the loss of dynamism / stagnation of modern Western economies . Most unfortunately, Phelps's passion seems to abandon him and he dodges the topic altogether, which is a glaring flaw in his theorizing. What does he believe about, for example, Social Security which draws people out of the labor force, albeit people who may be less likely to innovate and take risks than new entrants? When President Obama asserts that such programs "make us free" to pursue economic growth, as he did in his second inaugural, that kind of claim deserves to be examined, but is not. When CBO estimates that the subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will induce the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time equivalents to drop out of the workforce, although it came after the book was published, what would an advocate of greater dynamism say? Phelps should have spoken to the welfare state directly. I guess that is how he avoids being a two-handed economist.
Additionally, his prescriptions for increasing dynamism are extremely vague and ivory tower-y and in the case of his call for states to fund venture capital banks, absurdly at odds with his prior criticism of government - business "corporatism" and apparently blind to the soft corruption and value dissipation that such a politiciz-able honeypot would be prone to engender (see Solyndra, for instance).
Ultimately, it is an intellectually impressive summation of many strands of thought in Western civilization, and a fair critique of the shortcomings of the present-day bureaucratic Western state, but as I see so often in books on public policy, it is much weaker when it comes to the specifics of the implied solutions.
Phelps then expands compass of the work by reaching deep into strands of humanism to generalize his thesis. He is to be applauded for the effort, but these sections do not substantially strengthen his case. The humanities and quantitative analyses have never been easy bedfellows, and the two lie less easily together here. (Chapters 3 and 11).
Lastly, there is an amber veneer that unnecessarily colors his well-reasoned case. This classical patina leaves no space on the palate for the bright colors of behavioral economics, network science or economics analyzed as complex dynamic systems. The omission of reference to the rich works of many of his Nobel peers do not strengthen and cannot help but to diffuse the impact of the book.