Sunday, September 26, 2010

New book: Crisis and Recovery

Rowan Williams and others are launching a new book on theology in relation to economic culture and justice. Here is the video where Williams introduces the book:

"What kind of culture have we allowed to develop? Not only the subculture of financial institutionalism, money makers, but the culture in which that happens, the whole culture of our society. What are the sort of behaviour we reward? What are the kinds of human beings we want to see around and encourage to be around? [...] Have we begun to create a kind of human beings whose default setting is really profoundly selfish, profoundly introverted, and how on earth do we build a society on that kind of basis?

So the questions about culture run very deep. [...] What we think is worthwhile in human behaviour? And unless we really tackle that kind of question, really revive our imagination of what human beings might be and should be, then the whole of our economic structure will not really change.

Cultural change begins [...] with behavioural change. And behavioural change begins with a change of vision, a change of horizon, so that the subsidiary question is not only what do we taught people to value and reward, what do we taught people to aim at? Have we shrunk their possibilities, withdrawn in their horizons in a trivial way, a way that done less than justice to what human beings are really capable of?"
The content of the book 'Crisis and Recovery: Ethics, Economics and Justice' is as follow:
Foreword; Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Introduction; Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, The Guardian

Theology and the Nature of Accountability; Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Investment and Public Policy in a Globalized Economy; Lord Robert Skidelsky

Values in an Ethical UK Economy; Jon Cruddas MP with Jonathan Rutherford, Editor, Soundings

Economics and the Shape of Society; Phillip Blond, ResPublica

Ethics in a Service Economy; Adam Lent, Senior Policy Officer, TUC

Investment Banking: The Inevitable Triumph of Incentives Over Ethics – John Reynolds

Culture and the Crisis; Andrew Whittaker, FSA

Marrying the Market with the Environment; Zac Goldsmith

The Financial Crisis and the End of the Hunter Gatherer; Will Hutton, Executive Vice-Chair, The Work Foundation

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