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Global Social Economy

Development, work and policy, 1st Edition

Edited by John B. Davis


320 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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This book addresses ‘global social economy’ which addresses the relation of capitalism to human flourishing, the role of international governance in the world economy, the transformation of work and use of time in internationalizing economies, cross-country developments in gender, poverty, and ageing, and ethics economic policy issues in the international economy.

This edited collection examines the social nature of capitalism today, the possibilities for social and economic development in the world under the democratic leadership of the United Nations, and the middle ground between market and hierarchy occupied by gift exchange as a means of coordinating economic value creation and the creation of knowledge. It considers long term issues in the global social economy concerning gender and discrimination, intergenerational poverty transmission, and the role of ageing.

From a variety of internationally acclaimed contributors, this collection introduces new social economic perspectives on the global economy that contest the neoliberal Washington Consensus view dominant until recent financial crises.


"This collection offers readers instructive and cutting-edge contributions to social economy in a global context. Its focus is development, but in my view it offers the reader much more. Important contributions are made in the economics of knowledge; democratic institutions and development; the social economics of time and work; poverty transmission, gender and ageing, and in ethical dimensions of contemporary global capitalism. This book will be of appeal to scholars and students with interests in development in contemporary neo-liberal capitalism. The contributors are to be commended for their insightful analyses and the editor for bringing these works to fruition in this excellent collection."

Robert McMaster, University of Glasgow Business School

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Global Social Economy, John B. Davis, I Capitalism, Development, and Knowledge, 2. Capitalism and human flourishing, Des Gasper, 3. The United Nations and democratic globalisation: A reconnaissance of the issues, Keith Cowling, Silvia Sacchetti, Roger Sugden, and James Wilson, 4. Knowledge development and coordination via market, hierarchy and gift exchange, Wilfred Dolfsma, II Time and Work, 5. "Time sovereignty": Its meaning and externalities, François-Xavier Devetter, 6 Age differences in the consequences of overwork, Beth A. Rubin and Charles J. Brody, 7. The implications of well being research for work time reform, Robert LaJeunesse, 8. Social time in international work environments, Esther Ruiz Ben, III Gender, Poverty Transmission, and Ageing, 9 The rise of the adult worker model: Actual policies and the implications for gender equality, Janneke Plantenga, 10. Redistribution, intergenerational inequality, and poverty transmission – Germany and the United States compared, Veronika V. Eberharter, 11 Pension reform and household financial position , GianDemetrio Marangoni, Chiara Marcomini, Stefano Solari, IV Ethics and Economics, 12 Market operation and distributive justice: An evaluation of the ACCRA confession, Johan Graafland, 13 The macro/social economics of corporate social responsibility: Informational abundance and collective action, Martha A. Starr, 14 A proper choice, Jan de Jonge, 15 Toward an ethical economics of planning horizons and complementarity, Frederic B. Jennings, Jr.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Social Economics

This series presents new advances and developments in social economics thinking on a variety of subjects that concern the link between social values and economics. Need, justice and equity, gender, cooperation, work, poverty, the environment, class, institutions, public policy, and methodology are some of the most important themes. Among the orientations of the authors are social economist, institutionalist, humanist, solidarist, cooperativist, radical and Marxist, feminist, post-Keynesian, behaviorist, and environmentalist. The series offers new contributions from today’s most foremost thinkers on the social character of the economy. 

Publishes in conjunction with the Association of Social Economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Microeconomics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics