Presenting a new political and historical theory of the mixed economy, this book is a convincing argument for a challenging social ideal - democratic communitarianism. Individualistic notions of liberty, equality and prosperity are too central to modern life and they need to be balanced by values of `community' and co-operation. Arguing that such a transformation is possible and practical, the author argues that long-term changes must be achieved before economic success can take place in a more fraternal, participative, and democratic society.
`... the most convincing argument for the mixed economy that I have read in my lifetime ...' - Bernard Crick
`... path-breaking analysis of the links between the values of community and the imperatives of an advanced economy... exemplifies a tentative but unmistakable new paradigm... a subtle argument.' - London Review of Books
`...the book makes an interesting contribution to the emerging alternatives to the prevailing, New Right, ideology of the 1980's' - Robert Pyper, Talking Politics
`...must be read by the politicians partly for its exposition of a theory of a sensible mixed economy... even more valuable if read by accountants, bankers, economists and other specialists who, like the citizen, have one day to realise that the Whole is far, far more than the sum of the parts.' - Political Quarterly
`The most philosophical of the books reviewed, and the one which might in the long run have the greatest impact on our political thinking... [Boswell] takes the argument for what he calls `public cooperation' one stage further than all the others, in that he treats the quality of human relations in the economic field as not just a means to an end (eg high production or stopping wage inflation) but an end in itself.' - Long Range Planning