Economics and Utopia: Why the Learning Economy is Not the End of History

Framsida
Psychology Press, 1999 - 337 sidor
For many the East European revolutions of 1989 and the disintegration of the USSR represented not only the overdue demise of Soviet-style communism, but also the obsolescence of all utopian ways of thinking. This text argues history has reached its end-state in the form of a victorious liberal-democratic capitalism and all attempts to imagine an alternative social order were now damned as both futile and quixotic. "Beyond Utopia?" rejects the belief that utopian thinking is a necessary condition for the development of alternative solutions to the problems of the present and thus for historical progress. This text is emphatically not an attempt to breathe new life into existing utopian models, whether state socialist or neo-liberal, which are seen as misunderstanding the nature of learning and knowledge in a modern economy. The author's utopianism is based on an examination of the potential for an alternative future based on the growth of knowledge-intensive production, one whose feasibility would derive from its ability to respond to the needs of rapidly-changing industrial economies.
 

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INTRODUCTION
1
SOCIALISM AND THE LIMITS TO INNOVATION
15
THE ABSOLUTISM OF MARKET INDIVIDUALISM
62
THE UNIVERSALITY OF MAINSTREAM ECONOMICS
101
KARL MARX AND THE TRIUMPH OF CAPITALISM
117
INSTITUTIONALISM AND VARIETIES OF CAPITALISM
133
CONTRACT AND CAPITALISM
157
KNOWLEDGE AND EMPLOYMENT
179
THE END OF CAPITALISM?
205
Comparison of the epsilon zeta and other scenarios 9 1
214
THE LEARNING FRONTIER
228
SOME NORMATIVE AND POLICY ISSUES
240
Notes
263
Bibliography
291
Index
327
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