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The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute for Good Citizens
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Samuel Bowles
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The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute for Good Citizens

Samuel Bowles


9780300230512

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Ethics & moral philosophy;
Social & political philosophy;
Business & Economics;
Economic theory & philosophy


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288 pages

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Why do policies and business practices that ignore the moral and generous side of human nature often fail?

Should the idea of economic man-the amoral and self-interested Homo economicus-determine how we expect people to respond to monetary rewards, punishments, and other incentives? Samuel Bowles answers with a resounding no. Policies that follow from this paradigm, he shows, may crowd out ethical and generous motives and thus backfire.

But incentives per se are not really the culprit. Bowles shows that crowding out occurs when the message conveyed by fines and rewards is that self-interest is expected, that the employer thinks the workforce is lazy, or that the citizen cannot otherwise be trusted to contribute to the public good. Using historical and recent case studies as well as behavioral experiments, Bowles shows how well-designed incentives can crowd in the civic motives on which good governance depends.

By:   Samuel Bowles
Imprint:   FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9780300230512
ISBN 10:   0300230516
Series:   Castle Lecture Series
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Other merchandise
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Samuel Bowles directs the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute and is the author of Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions, and Evolution; A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution (with Herbert Gintis);andThe New Economics of Inequality and Redistribution.


In his tightly argued and illuminating book, Bowles makes the case that appeals made to our self-interest can undercut instinctive moral impulses; and that when these impulses are weakened crucial institutions work sub-optimally, if not at all. --Robert Armstrong, Financial Times Bowles has written a thought-provoking book, full of insights and evidence. --Choice Fascinating and thought-provoking. --Democracy: A Journal of Ideas The book does an excellent job of covering the existing research regarding incentives and human behavior and synthesizing it into an understandable format. This is an evolving area of scholarship so there are few, if any, similar books. --Charles D. Wilson, Law Library Journal Won an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Robert Lane Award given by the Organized Political Sections of the APSA The Moral Economy plows new ground in exploring how the actions we take are motivated by their meaning. Samuel Bowles is proposing a paradigm shift in how we think about our lives and about economics. --George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics The Moral Economy convincingly shows that economic incentives and legal constraints alone will not produce a flourishing society because good - morally motivated - people are indispensable. A thought-provoking work! --Ernst Fehr, Professor of Economics at the University of Zurich The Moral Economy is a brilliant book. Rarely have such big ideas been communicated in such a compact package. This book should change the way political leaders, policy makers, and social scientists of all stripes do their work and understand the work that they do. --Barry Schwartz, author of Practical Wisdom and Why We Work In this wonderful book, Sam Bowles explores--with intellectual breadth and analytical acuity--the importance of altruism and a sense of fairness in creating and sustaining decent societies. His prose is lucid, arguments compelling, and conclusions important. This is social science at its very best. --Joshua Cohen, Apple University Sam Bowles is a visionary thinker who has done more than anyone else I know to unite the social sciences. In this superb book his combination of wisdom and rigor shines through, offering important lessons for anyone who hopes to motivate, govern, or even inspire actual humans. --Joshua Greene, author of Moral Tribes and director of the Moral Cognition Lab, Harvard University The Moral Economy plows new ground in exploring how the actions we take are motivated by their meaning. Samuel Bowles is proposing a paradigm shift in how we think about our lives and about economics. --George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics The Moral Economy convincingly shows that economic incentives and legal constraints alone will not produce a flourishing society because good - morally motivated - people are indispensable. A thought-provoking work! --Ernst Fehr, Professor of Economics at the University of Zurich The Moral Economy is a brilliant book. Rarely have such big ideas been communicated in such a compact package. This book should change the way political leaders, policy makers, and social scientists of all stripes do their work and understand the work that they do. --Barry Schwartz, author of Practical Wisdom and Why We Work In this wonderful book, Sam Bowles explores--with intellectual breadth and analytical acuity--the importance of altruism and a sense of fairness in creating and sustaining decent societies. His prose is lucid, arguments compelling, and conclusions important. This is social science at its very best. --Joshua Cohen, Apple University Sam Bowles is a visionary thinker who has done more than anyone else I know to unite the social sciences. In this superb book his combination of wisdom and rigor shines through, offering important lessons for anyone who hopes to motivate, govern, or even inspire actual humans. --Joshua Greene, author of Moral Tribes and director of the Moral Cognition Lab, Harvard University

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