This overview of project blog posts resulting from the Good Markets research project is a selection from all blog posts on the Moral Markets platform.
by Johan Graafland | 19 Feb 2019
Just published: Johan Graafland (2019). "Economic freedom and corporate environmental responsibility: The role of small government and freedom from government regulation." In: Journal of Cleaner Production, volume 218, 1 May 2019, Pages 250-258.
Modernity, especially the free market, has liberated Western man. But does it also offer a good answer to the question of the good life? Not necessarily, because the free market may also be dehumanizing.
"The idea of ‘good corporate citizenship’ has become popular recently among business ethicists and corporate leaders. You may have noticed its appearance on corporate websites and CEO speeches. But what does it mean and does it matter? Is it any more than a new species of public relations flimflam to set beside terms like ‘corporate social responsibility’ and the ‘triple bottom line’? Is it just a metaphor?"
by Jordan Ballor | 26 Sep 2018
"So-called identity politics can be both an authentic form of personal expression as well as a force for division and enmity. As identity politics increasingly manifests in our economic life, we encounter the danger of identity economics, where we only agree to economic transactions with those who agree with us on an ever-growing list of moral or even political shibboleths."
Social Ecology and the Market Economy: Revisiting the Threefold Foundations of a Flourishing Society
by Jordan BallorPublic Discourse (Journal of the Witherspoon Institute) | 22 Aug 2018
A full vision of the social structures of human flourishing must include three elements: the economic, political, and moral-cultural, so Jordan Ballor - researcher in the project 'What Good Markets are Good for' - argues in this essay.
by Ilse Oosterlaken | 20 Jan 2018
What economist and business ethicist Johan Graafland likes about The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) by philosopher and economist Adam Smith, is that it displays an enormous understanding of human nature and that he makes you reconsider your point of view times and again. A book interview.
by Govert Buijs | 11 Jan 2018
"A much greater risk, it seems to me, is that all kinds of much needed discussions about the structure of our economy, which have gained traction in recent years, will come to a halt again. In which sectors can the free market work well, and in which not? In the financial sector? In the health care sector? In the food sector? And under what conditions?"
by Lans Bovenberg | 18 Dec 2017
The case for free trade is often based on the view that man is a rational and individualistic homo economicus. This article analyzes free trade from a broader, relational picture of mankind. After introducing this view, we discuss the blessings of free trade from this relational perspective. Next we explore three developments that put international trade under pressure. We investigate a number of policy options to prevent free trade from impairing interpersonal relationships.
by Ilse Oosterlaken | 26 Sep 2017
Economist Lans Bovenberg recognizes the passion for his field that (historical) economist Luigino Bruni displays in his book The Wound and the Blessing; Economics, Relationships and Happiness (2012) - and shares his vision that the market is an important social infrastructure for human co-operation. A book interview.
by Marcel Canoy | 16 Aug 2017
Ding-dong. In the left corner we have the great champion Adam Smith, assisted by his charming assistant Deirdre McCloskey. In the right-hand corner his vile challenger Bernard Mandeville, accompanied by leftist groups shouting ‘boo!’ The fight can begin. Mandeville...
by Govert Buijs | 4 Aug 2017
The free market economy is a moral success, says Govert Buijs. But neoliberal thoughts and practices pose a threat to the "cooperative creativity" that is the basis of this success.
by Ilse Oosterlaken | 31 Jul 2017
Theologian Jordan Ballor admires the thorough way in which economist Wilhelm Röpke thinks key concepts through in A Humane Economy; The Social Framework of the Free Market (1960) - and explains why Röpke's work appeals to people from diverse economic and political schools. A book interview.