The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute For Good Citizens

May 24, 2016|
The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute For Good Citizens by Samuel Bowles
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Why do policies and business practices that ignore the moral and generous side of human nature often fail?

Should the idea of economic man—the amoral and self-interested Homo economicus—determine how we expect people to respond to monetary rewards, punishments, and other incentives? Samuel Bowles answers with a resounding “no.” Policies that follow from this paradigm, he shows, may “crowd out” ethical and generous motives and thus backfire.
 
But incentives per se are not really the culprit. Bowles shows that crowding out occurs when the message conveyed by fines and rewards is that self-interest is expected, that the employer thinks the workforce is lazy, or that the citizen cannot otherwise be trusted to contribute to the public good. Using historical and recent case studies as well as behavioral experiments, Bowles shows how well-designed incentives can crowd in the civic motives on which good governance depends.
Title:The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute For Good CitizensFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1 inShipping dimensions:288 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300163800

ISBN - 13:9780300163803

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