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Towards a Well-Functioning Economy

The Evolution of Economic Systems and Decision-Making

By (author) Louis Haddad
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 26th Apr 2002
Dimensions: w 234mm h 156mm d 25mm
Weight: 594g
ISBN-10: 1858988926
ISBN-13: 9781858988924
Barcode No: 9781858988924
This book examines the economy as an evolving entity and develops a new and coherent approach to the classification of economic systems. It demonstrates how the components of a decision-making system and the properties of a functioning economy are intrinsically linked. A well-functioning economy is shown to depend chiefly on `correct' decisions. These in turn depend on an efficient decision-making system, an appropriate mix of markets, organizations and governments, and an optimal combination of the four enforcing mechanisms of a modern economic system: custom, command, competition and cooperation. Although this book is primarily about economics, non-economic considerations, including politics and ethics, are brought into the analysis. The most important decisions in life include choices between economic and non-economic issues. Hence, one of the aims of this book is to provide a conceptual framework to cope with these choices. The book also attempts to establish some plausible conditions for well-functioning economy and a `just society'. This thoughtful book will be of interest to economists of economic theory and economic systems as well as policymakers in both the private and public sectors.

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`It is an ambitious attempt to define different sorts of societies from the point of view of the roles of their principal decision-makers, to design an optimal society coming from the same point of view and to point out the pitfalls on the way to establishing such a society. Haddad is a humane and democratic person and his ideal society is an admirable one. He has thought long and hard about both the pitfalls and the advantages of what he proposes. He provides a novel framework within which to attempt both the actual and potential. Haddad is aware that hard-nosed cynics will sneer at him and his ideas but he is also an optimist who believes that good sense and good will may flourish in an appropriate environment. Certainly his book should be in the public domain in a democratic society for it provides the basis for serious and fundamental discussion of ethics, economics and politics.' -- G.C. Harcourt, University of New South Wales, Australia