Gandhian Economics and the Rethinking of Economic Theory and Policies

Gandhian Economics and the Rethinking of Economic Theory and Policies : A Contribution to a Non-Violent Perspective on Economics

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The collapse of the current system has been caused by the progressive degeneration of many of our democratic institutions and ideals and only a regeneration of them can change the course of events. But this is not an easy task and a first necessary step in this direction is a change in the approach and values that shape mainstream thinking in economics. Gandhian economics offers a more humanistic approach to economics which points to broader and higher values. Its reflections on the true aims of life and on the basic principles of proper living in family and society can act as a catalyst and contribute to the building of an alternative economics.

Gandhian economics requires methodological and ethical perspectives that go well beyond the still prevelant forms of reductionism and this book stresses the links between Gandhian economics and both the systemic approach and the rebuttal of ethical individualism in favour of a combination of deontological and virtue approaches. The book also examines alternative economic and social policies informed by the classical Gandhian distinction between different functions of goods and the different role of their markets. These policy discussions focus in particular on the real (as opposed to induced) needs of people, particularly families and local communities, and on their technological and consumption choices. This book also considers the intersections between Gandhian economics and the works of Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, Elinor Ostrom and others to demonstrate the contribution that Gandhian economics has made, and can continue to make, to the psychology of economics, economics of happiness and well-being, sustainability economics, and more.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113883114X
  • 9781138831148

Table of contents

1. Introduction I. Relevance. The need for an alternative economic approach 2. Criticisms of current socio-economic conditions 3. Anthropological perspectives. What does it mean to be human? 4. Criticisms of mainstream economic theory II. Theory 5. The Gandhian economic framework 6. The principles of Gandhian economics 7. The six keywords of Gandhian economics and their meaning III. Economic Policies 8. The rationale for Economic Policies and the relevant economic measures and indicators 9. Family and community policies 10. Macroeconomic and global policies IV. Connections with alternative paradigms and conclusions 11. Gandhian economics connections with alternative economic paradigms 12. Overview and conclusions Appendix. A Gandhian production function
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About Roberto Burlando

Roberto Burlando is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Torino.
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