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Capitalism Reconnected

Toward a Sustainable, Inclusive and Innovative Market Economy in Europe

400 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Capitalism has gone astray. Today we face ecological exhaustion, persistent inequality, financialization, stress on communities, short-termism, and new power concentrations.
An avalanche of new economic thinking and a reorientation of European values show the way toward a different economy. A new perspective is necessary if we want to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and if we consider our planet as ‘Our Common Home,’ for present and future generations.
This book argues that European economies should be the initiators of a global transition toward a sustainable and inclusive world economy. Together, amid severe geopolitical and geoeconomic challenges, they need to develop their own perspective on what a good economy really is, in distinction to Chinese state capitalism and American big business capitalism. Crucially, this requires the rediscovery of key European values, a coherent view on responsible capitalism, and a new self-awareness as a global player for the Common Good in today’s and tomorrow’s world.
Author Bio
Jan Peter Balkenende is Minister of State and was from 2002 to 2010 Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He is now External Senior Advisor to EY and involved in Corporate Responsibility, Chair of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, and of the Noaber Foundation, Associate Partner at Hague Corporate Affairs, Member of the Club de Madrid, and Professor Emeritus at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Govert Buijs is a political philosopher and currently holds the Goldschmeding research chair ‘Societal and Economic Renewal’ at the Faculty of Humanities of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He recently supervised an interdisciplinary Templeton Research project on Markets and Morality, a collaboration between the universities of Amsterdam-VU, Rotterdam, Nijmegen, and Tilburg.