What's the Economy For, Anyway? by John de Graaf
Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness

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In this funny, readable, and thought-provoking book based on the popular film of the same name, activists John de Graaf (coauthor of the bestselling Affluenza) and David Batker tackle thirteen economic issues, challenging the reader to consider the point of our economy. Emphasizing powerful American ideals, including teamwork, pragmatism, and equality, de Graaf and Batker set forth a simple goal for any economic system: The greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run. Drawing from history and current enterprises, we see how the good life is achieved when people and markets work together with an active government to create a more perfect economy-one that works for everyone.




Beginning by shattering our fetish for GDP, What's the Economy For, Anyway? offers a fresh perspective on quality of life, health, security, work-life balance, leisure, social justice, and perhaps most important, sustainability. This sparkling, message-driven book is exactly what those lost in the doldrums of partisan sniping and a sluggish economy need: a guide to what really matters, and a map to using America's resources to make the world a better place.

 

About John de Graaf

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John de Graaf is the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time, an organization challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada (see www.timeday.org) and a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and over-consumption in America. John is the co-author of the best-selling Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. David Batker is a fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. He is the director of Earth Economics, a firm which provides ecologically-oriented economic analysis.
 
Published November 15, 2011 by Bloomsbury Press. 304 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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De Graaf, coordinator of the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative (co-author: Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, 2005) and Batker, a fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, examine new ways to think about economic processes, specifically as they relate...

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Following their documentary of the same name, De Graaf (coauthor of Affluenza) and Batker, director of Earth Economics, a firm that provides ecological economic analysis, pose a provocative question: what is the economy for if not to maximize the well-being of the citizenry?

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Just as consideration of the greatest good for the greatest number would change the discourse over economic policy, changing the rules and the metrics for how we value and assign ownership of the benefits from natural resources would change our cost/benefit calculations.The authors follow with a ...

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Drawing from history and current enterprises, we see how the good life is achieved when people and markets work together with an active government to create a more perfect economy-one that works for everyone.
Beginning by shattering our fetish for GDP, What's the Economy For, Anyway?...

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