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Everything for sale : the virtues and limits of markets / Robert Kuttner
Bib ID 2905992
Format BookBook
Author
Kuttner, Robert
 
Edition 1st ed. 
Description New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997 
xvi, 410 p. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0394583922 (alkaline paper)
Summary

Robert Kuttner's quarrel, in this provocative and illuminating book, is not with capitalism per se or with a broad role for market forces: "Consumption is doubtless pleasurable," he writes, "and no one minds a high material standard of living." His dispute is rather with the current libertarian or laissez-faire direction of both economic practice and economic theory that has been gradually gaining in prominence since the mid-197Os. Champions of this approach extol the unfettered marketplace and trust in its ability to increase wealth, promote innovation, and "optimize outcomes" - and to regulate itself flawlessly all the while.

In Everything for Sale, Kuttner makes a powerful case for the mixed economy, in which government steps in to override markets for a variety of reasons: to stabilize monetary forces, to promote growth, to temper inequalities, to cultivate civic virtues. It is the system that, Kuttner contends, holds the greatest hope for a flourishing twenty-first century. His concrete observations and clear analyses, purged of jargon, address themselves to every layperson, businessperson, policy-maker, and open-minded economist in America.

Full contents
  • 1. The Resurgent Market
  • 2. The Imperial Market
  • 3. The Market for Labor
  • 4. Markets and Medicine
  • 5. Money Markets and the Corporation
  • 6. Markets, Innovation, and Growth
  • 7. Regulated Competition
  • 8. Regulating the Human Environment
  • 9. Markets and Politics.
 
Notes

"A Twentieth Century Fund book."

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Industrial policy -- United States.  |  Environmental policy -- United States.  |  Full employment policies -- United States.  |  Capitalism -- United States.  |  Free enterprise -- United States.  |  United States -- Economic policy -- 1993-2001.  |  United States -- Commercial policy.

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