Capitalism With a Human Face

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This collection of essays cover the main themes of modern capitalism and explore the moral duties of the discipline. Topics covered include the role of management, Keynesian and Hayekian economics, unemployment, consumer choice, the welfare state and the ethics of economics.

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'Capitalism with a Human Face' brings together for the first time in one collection Samuel Brittan's writings on economics, ethics and politics. Elegant, iconoclastic and always thought-provoking, these wide-ranging essays confirm Brittan as one of this country's most original thinkers.

"This collection of essays by the UK's leading financial journalist ranges widely, from studies in utilitarian ethics to technical macroeconomics. Samuel Brittan is as much at home with John Rawls as he is with Milton Friedman…In today's world, to transcend academic boundaries so effortlessly and gracefully is…a form of originality much to be treasured."
ROBERT SKIDELSKY, 'Financial Times'

"The testimony of an honest man…a memorable intellectual odyssey"
WILL HUTTON, 'Guardian'

"'Capitalism with a Human Face' is characteristically magisterial: respectful of opposing schools of thought but firm in conclusion. It reveals the author's rare capacity for interpreting abstract politico-economic theories into plain English…It will be invaluable to students of the social sciences as a check on technical or biased text books, and to general readers, who will learn why they benefit or suffer from government and the market in the varying proportions that determine their daily lives…Classical liberals must discover new ways to discipline government, so that it, too, has a 'human face'. No one is better equipped than Samuel Brittan to attempt it."
ARTHUR SELDON, 'TLS'

"Because he writes not to instruct others but to wrest the truth for himself from the chaos of events, he achieves a freshness, an intellectual drama, a compelling suspense that makes him ten times more effective as a communicator of economic issues than the most polished textbook pedagogue. All of this is on show in this new volume; and it could as usefully be offered to any newcomer to first courses in philosophy, politics and economics as any matter from the university presses."
PETER JAY, 'Spectator'

"Samuel Brittan is as concerned with politics and morals as with economics. There is one error which he is especially determined to refute: the idea that there is a necessary connection between market economic policies and right-wing politics. By temperament a man of the centre-left, Brittan will have non of it. To him, market economics is an essential part of the armoury of free man…A stimulating volume: one to sip, ponder and savour: a significant contribution to current debate."
BRUCE ANDERSON, 'The Times'

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