Doing the Right Thing: A Value Based Economy

Ubiquity Press, 2017 - 266 pagina's

This book is for all those who are seeking a human perspective on economic and organizational processes. It lays the foundations for a value based approach to the economy.
The key questions are: "What is important to you or your organization?" "What is this action or that organization good for?"
The book is directed at the prevalence of instrumentalist thinking in the current economy and responds to the calls for another economy. Another economy demands another economics. The value based approach is another economics; it focuses on values and on the most important goods such as families, homes, communities, knowledge, and art. It places economic processes in their cultural context.
What does it take to do the right thing, as a person, as an organization, as a society? What is the good to strive for? This book gives directions for the answers.
The value based approach restores the ancient idea that quality of life and of society is what the economy is all about. It advocates shifting the focus from quantities ("how much?") to qualities ("what is important?").

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Over de auteur (2017)

Arjo Klamer is professor of cultural economics at the Erasmus University, lector in social innovation at Fontys university, and governor of the Dutch town of Hilversum. Earlier he taught at several American universities. His most famous book is Conversations with Economists (1984), a source of inspiration for budding economists. Other books of his are Speaking of Economics: how to be in the conversation (2008) and the edited volume Value of Culture: the relationship between economics and the arts (1996). He actively participates in discussions about alternative economic approaches and solutions, such as the share, creative and circular economy. He presents seminars on the value based approach around the world.

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