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Crisis and Recovery [Kindle Edition]

Rowan Williams , Larry Elliott
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The future of humankind in an interconnected and globalized world will be based on the notion of togetherness. This notion is at the base of any recovery and this book provides the principles for how this can be achieved.' - Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

'An excellent, very readable book for the layman that is immensely interesting and encouraging for anyone who has a nagging sense that the current economic crisis might also be a profound opportunity for change – and the possibility of a fairer, more equal and eventually, longer-lasting planet.' - Richard Curtis, writer, director, and co-founder of Comic Relief

'Two of the most powerful forces in our world are religion and money. This book brings them together in ways that are both well-informed and ethically and politically sensitive. The result will be of interest to any religious or secular citizen concerned about the wise shaping of twenty-first century society.' - David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

'Suddenly, theological and ethical approaches to economics are no longer marginal, but central to the most penetrating analyses of the current crisis. This book shows why. It also shows how thinkers from both left and right are converging on the view that we can only correct market injustice by establishing an ethical market that is more integrally related to cultural values, political purposes and environmental flourishing. Such a market, it is suggested, would be more egalitarian, and yet more genuinely free and less subject to cyclical instability than the one which we have at present. Everyone interested in a different global future should read these fine essays with care.' - John Milbank, Research Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics and Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham
 
'Whether or not you follow any traditional faith, this interesting and illuminating collection will leave you healthily sceptical of faith-based economics.' - The Guardian
 
'The merit of Crisis and Recovery is that the essayists are drawn from a range of different backgrounds and standpoints, though they agree in commending a shift in social attitudes as the fundamental solution to today's economic woes.' - TLS

'Archbishop Williams has initiated a vital debate...' - Vista
 
'...the book creates its unique niche in drawing together voices from an array of perspectives to challenge the assumption that businesses are 'too big to fail' and too big to change.' - Movement




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The financial crisis is about more than money. It is also about morality, casting an uncomfortable light on the links between the activities of bankers and the wellbeing of society as a whole. The idea that economics is morally neutral or that finance should be above ethical scrutiny deserves to be challenged. The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Larry Elliott, Economics Editor of the Guardian, bring together a group of distinguished commentators to open up the ethical debate in the search for a fairer vision of economic justice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230252141
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (23 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWYZRW
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Amidst the welter of books describing the purely financial causes and consequences of the current global economic crisis, there's not been a great deal of reflection about the interaction of issues of ethics, justice and the purpose of economics. Until now. In a very timely book, which came out of a colloquium at Lambeth Palace organised by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, a range of distinguished commentators give their varied perspectives on what needs to happen now. You can get an idea where the debate is going from the Roosevelt New Deal quote with which the Guardian newspaper's economics editor Larry Elliott (in a superb account of the causes and unfolding timetable of the crisis itself) ends his introduction:

`The fundamental trouble with this whole stock market crowd is their lack of elementary education. I do not mean a lack of college diplomas, and so on, but just inability to understand the country or public, or their obligations to their fellow man'.

With one notable exception, subsequent contributors proceed to examine what those obligations might be. For the Archbishop, economics, profit and loss can never satisfactorily be the be all and end all of what it means to live well, or virtuously. And in a masterful account of John Maynard Keynes' thought, Robert Skidelsky similarly makes the case for Keynes as interested in virtue. His economic thought (fresh adherence to which, as an antidote to current economic models, Skidelsky emphatically recommends) was pursued, in the author's view, only as a tool intended to help society escape as quickly as possible from `the tunnel of economic necessity' to the sunlit uplands of the good life (51).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethics, Economics and Justice 25 Feb 2012
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Want to know more about the Financial Crash? Can we Recover? Read Crisis and Recovery Ethics, Economics and Justice Edited by Rowan Williams and Larry Elliot. Crisis and Recovery: Ethics, Economics and Justice. Excellent articles by the authors and by their serious contributers.
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