Colin Crouch, University of Warwick
"The economy is the driving force of our world but to whatend? In a fascinating book, the economist Daniel Cohen offersa long-term perspective on the relation between the search forindividual happiness and the market. He shows how the market,in imposing its own model and valuing competition above everythingelse, has disrupted the relations between human beings. Theemergence and eventual triumph of Homo Economicus has led to thecollapse or stagnation of the indicators of wellbeing in the mostadvanced countries."
"Find happiness, or try to achieve it: a topic addressed often inthe past by literature or philosophy is now a topic foreconomics. In Homo Economicus, the economist DanielCohen shows how our ultra-competitive societies have disruptedsocial relations and undermined all the indicators of wellbeing. Hestarts from a sombre fact: never before has so much wealth beencreated, never have people had access to so many goods, and yetthey are not happier – if anything they are less happy. Why?"