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- DescriptionThe past two decades of market operation has generated welfare and ecomic growth in Western countries, but increasing income inequalities, depletion of the natural environment and the current financial crisis have led to an intense debate about the advantages and disadvantages of the free market. With this book, Professor Graafland makes a valuable contribution to the Christian debate about the market ecomy. In particular, it aims to clarify the links between ethical values, Christian belief and ecomics, as well as informing theologians and ecomists about recent ecomic insights into market operation. The book investigates the effect of free market operation on welfare and well-being, calling into question why one would favour more market competition as a means of increasing happiness. As well as this, Professor Graafland examines how free market competition relates to principles of justice and looks at whether it enforces or crowds out Christian virtues like love, humility and temperance. Books that systematically link biblical teaching about the ecomy to recent theoretical and empirical research in ecomics on free market operation are rare. Most Christian books on the market system are theologically oriented, lacking a sound basis in the extensive kwledge of the recent ecomic literature on market operation. This book confronts Christian ethical standards with current ecomic literature on the effects of market operation on welfare, happiness, human rights, inequality and virtues in order to develop a well-based and balanced view of the pros and cons of market operation. This book will be of interest to both undergraduate and postgraduate students of ecomics, philosophy and theology.
- Author BiographyJohan Graafland is Professor of 'Economics, Business and Ethics' and director of the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
- Author(s)Johan J. Graafland
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication19/03/2010
- SubjectChristian Theology
- Series TitleRoutledge Frontiers of Political Economy
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 129
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note7 black & white illustrations, 28 black & white tables, 7 black & white line drawings
- Weight453 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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