Economics & Finance

Adam Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society

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Price:
$38.95 / £30.00
ISBN:
Published:
07/23/1995
Copyright:
1995
Pages:
263
Size:
7.75 x 10 in.
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Counter to the popular impression that Adam Smith was a champion of selfishness and greed, Jerry Muller shows that the Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations maintained that markets served to promote the well-being of the populace and that government must intervene to counteract the negative effects of the pursuit of self-interest. Smith’s analysis went beyond economics to embrace a larger “civilizing project” designed to create a more decent society.