the Marketplace in the Twenty-First Century
Severyn T. Bruyn, Editor
volume is part of the series
Evolving Values for a Capitalist
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.
Severyn T. Bruyn
is Professor of Sociology, Boston College.
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