This overview of articles, columns and blog posts resulting from the Good Markets research project is a selection from all blog posts on the Moral Markets platform.
Two hundred years ago, a seemingly megalomaniac and even hopeless project was started in the West: overcoming poverty by creating more prosperity. This project was called “Progress”. Two hundred years later we can only conclude that this project was more successful than we could have anticipated. However, this project also has some serious shadow sides. As humanity we have to start a new, at first sight almost equally megalomaniac project for the next hundred years: making our prosperity sustainable.
According to Govert Buijs “we have come to misunderstand transactions as simple, one-dimensional operations. In this way we have forgotten what it takes for a market to work well.” Chapter 6 of the book Finance and the Common Good (2019, Amsterdam University Press).
The motives that companies have for sustainable business vary. Two types of motives are often distinguished: extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. In case of so-called extrinsic motivation, a company acts sustainable because it contributes to other company...
This week it became public that at the Dutch company ASML trade secrets were stolen by former employees of Chinese descent. Many people were schocked, because ASML is the flagship of the Dutch knowledge economy. That this is such a sensitive issue is also because recently growing concerns have arisen about how China is developing into a world power.
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. And wherever there’s business, you’ll find morally reprehensible behaviour. Economist and PhD candidate Annemiek Schilpzand, from Nijmegen School of Management, is trying to unravel the relationship between the market and morality.
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?”
“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
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.
“The idea of a society in which everyone acts out of pure benevolence is a fantastic ideal. It’s just not feasible.”
“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?”
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.
A lecture given by economist Eric van Damme at ERGO Xtra I, 4 October 2017 at Erasmus University Rotterdam.