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A civil society is one in which a democratic government and a market economy operate together. The idea of the civil economy--encompassing a democratic government and a market economy--presumes that people can solve social problems within the market itself. This book explores the relationship between the two, examining the civil underpinnings of capitalism and investigating the way a civil economy evolves in history and is developed for the future by careful planning. Severyn T. Bruyn describes how people in three sectors--government, business, and the Third Sector (nonprofits and civil groups)--can develop an accountable, self-regulating, profitable, humane, and competitive system of markets that could be described as a civil economy. He examines how government officials can organize markets to reduce government costs; how local leaders deal with global corporations that would unfairly exploit their community resources; and how employees can become coparticipants in the development of human values in markets. A Civil Economy is oriented to interdiciplinary studies of the economy, assisting scholars in diverse fields, such as business management, sociology, political science, and economics, in developing a common language to examine civic problems in the marketplace. As an undergraduate text, it evokes a mode of thought about the development of a self-accountable system of markets. Students learn to understand how the market economy becomes socially accountable and self-reliant, while remaining productive, competitive, and profitable. Sveryn T. Bruyn is Professor of Sociology, Boston College.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Series Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Part I. An Evolving Economy
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. The Moral Economy
  2. pp. 3-34
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  1. 2. Systems of Accountability
  2. pp. 35-59
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  1. 3. A Community-Oriented Economy
  2. pp. 60-84
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  1. Part II. A Developing Economy
  2. pp. 85-86
  1. 4. A Theory of Civil Privatization
  2. pp. 87-116
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  1. 5. The Practice of Civil Privatization
  2. pp. 117-146
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  1. 6. Civil Associations
  2. pp. 147-178
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  1. Part III. A Global Economy
  2. pp. 179-180
  1. 7. Problems in Global Markets
  2. pp. 181-204
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  1. 8. Toward a Global Civil Economy
  2. pp. 205-230
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  1. Appendix: Great Ideas in the Academy
  2. pp. 231-246
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-308
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472023714
Related ISBN
9780472067060
MARC Record
OCLC
655260217
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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