A Civil Republic: Beyond Capitalism and Nationalism

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In A Civil Republic, Severyn T. Bruyn argues that the United States, and the world at large, is on the verge of a radical shift - dangerous but also full of opportunity. In a world of injustice, ecological destruction, violence and instability, weapons of mass destruction, and the rise of authoritarian government, our ability to craft a secure future lies in creating a ""civil republic."" Bruyn envisions a system of governance that merges core human values of civil society into a political economy that has reigned supreme since the end of the Cold War. He sees a world in which religious institutions, health-care systems, businesses, media, and governments could support values of honesty, justice, and public health rather than stand subservient to corporate interests and those of markets and nation-states. He explores ways to implement a new model - one of public policy that builds a civil society beyond the conventions of capitalism and nationalism. This provocative text is readily accessible to undergraduates. At the same time, it is a work of profound scholarship and wisdom. Philosophers, scholars and practitioners of international relations, economics, political science, business, international development, and international law will be treated to an informed and encouraging vision for a sustainable future. The author's website (www2.bc.edu/bruyn) provides a vital supplement with extensive bibliography, appendices, and guidelines for research by sociologists, economists, and political scientists.

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"This is a book full of moral adrenalin...Readers will find no shortage of new ideas and optimistic scenarios in this work...It is a purgative America needs. The footnotes are a feast. The book is clearly organized, and terminology is consistent in text and glossary. Bryun is neither arrogant nor utopian; he is candid about the breaches and failures that can occur in his civil economy model. Yet skeptical readers will find his message a decided improvement over impersonal market forces and the moral coma that now confront the United States."

"This thought-provoking book addresses the question of how government, business, and civil society leaders might work to develop more civil institutions... Hopeful and engaging."

"A welcome illumination of the boundary between civil society and the social economy."

"Since human beings live in communities, which are shaped by tradition and values, they need to participate, engage, contribute. Only an economy and a polity which makes this possible can be truly human. Bruyn shows that such a society is not just a utopian dream, but is possible an doable."

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