Tragedy of Riches

Tragedy of Riches

[how Our Politics Has Failed Us and Why We Need A New Economic Destiny]

Book - 2011
Rate this:
The great riches of Western Europe and the United States have been accumulated over six decades. That the world economy is still only shakily recovering from the credit crunch serves only to underline our misplaced faith in a system ill-equipped to deal with our real needs in the twenty first century. Paradoxically, our riches are now the cause of our greatest problems. This book offers a devastating analysis of our political system, and argues that the captains of the baby boom generation milked its economic prosperity while failing to deliver a sustainable ideology. Accepted for so long, the post-war 'mixed economic settlement' of three contrasting forms of economic, welfare and social liberalism have reached the limits of what can now be achieved without fundamental political change. The comfortable bubble of Western economic prosperity has created a rich, complacent society that has, in pursuit of hedonistic and consumer-driven short term interests, lost sight of its original goals. If the real lessons have not been learned, there is a real danger, for reasons of political convenience and economic dogmatism, that the system that generated the crisis will not be reformed. This book makes a passionate case that instead of accepting a status quo of dysfunctional modern economics we must now create a new, political settlement prepared to tackle the great issues of our age before it is too late.REVIEWS "While the Western world has managed to build great economic prosperity, it has not created great happiness or wellbeing, reconciled political conflicts, nor defended policymaking against globalization, argues the author, who contends that the riches of the Western world are in fact the cause of most of the Western world's problems. Disavowing any anti-capitalist intent, he combines political theory, history, and economic analysis to discuss how baby-boom politicians came to power in Europe and the United States and cemented a policy mix forged in the coming together of economic, welfare, and social liberalism which failed to produce an adequate political strand of fairness and civic renewal to the project. Previously unavailable in the US"Protoview (previously known as Book News)
Publisher: Buckingham, Great Britain : University of Buckingham Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780956395238
0956395236
Call Number: 327.111 B2337t
Characteristics: iii, 264 p. ; 20 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SFPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top