The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism's Future [NOOK Book]

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The recent economic crisis was a dramatic reminder that capitalism can both produce and destroy. It's a system that by its very nature encourages predators and creators, locusts and bees. But, as Geoff Mulgan argues in this compelling, imaginative, and important book, the economic crisis also presents a historic opportunity to choose a radically different future for capitalism, one that maximizes its creative power and minimizes its destructive force.

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The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism's Future

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Overview

The recent economic crisis was a dramatic reminder that capitalism can both produce and destroy. It's a system that by its very nature encourages predators and creators, locusts and bees. But, as Geoff Mulgan argues in this compelling, imaginative, and important book, the economic crisis also presents a historic opportunity to choose a radically different future for capitalism, one that maximizes its creative power and minimizes its destructive force.

In an engaging and wide-ranging argument, Mulgan digs into the history of capitalism across the world to show its animating ideas, its utopias and dystopias, as well as its contradictions and possibilities. Drawing on a subtle framework for understanding systemic change, he shows how new political settlements reshaped capitalism in the past and are likely to do so in the future. By reconnecting value to real-life ideas of growth, he argues, efficiency and entrepreneurship can be harnessed to promote better lives and relationships rather than just a growth in the quantity of material consumption. Healthcare, education, and green industries are already becoming dominant sectors in the wealthier economies, and the fields of social innovation, enterprise, and investment are rapidly moving into the mainstream--all indicators of how capital could be made more of a servant and less a master.

This is a book for anyone who wonders where capitalism might be heading next--and who wants to help make sure that its future avoids the mistakes of the past.

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Editorial Reviews

Financial Times - John Lloyd
Geoff Mulgan's The Locust and the Bee is an important contribution to this field.
New Statesman - John Gray
There is much in Mulgan's analysis that will repay careful scrutiny. . . . The Locust and the Bee abounds with arresting observations of this kind and no one will finish the book without having learned something new and important.
Observer - Yvonne Roberts
Mulgan is my former boss, but that doesn't stop me from saying that what he writes is always rewarding because he intellectually coaxes you into believing—however fleetingly—that a rotten system doesn't have to be this way.
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"[I]nteresting and thought-provoking."—Frank Dillon, Irish Times

"Geoff Mulgan's The Locust and the Bee is an important contribution to this field."—John Lloyd, Financial Times

"There is much in Mulgan's analysis that will repay careful scrutiny. . . . The Locust and the Bee abounds with arresting observations of this kind and no one will finish the book without having learned something new and important."—John Gray, New Statesman

"Mulgan is my former boss, but that doesn't stop me from saying that what he writes is always rewarding because he intellectually coaxes you into believing—however fleetingly—that a rotten system doesn't have to be this way."—Yvonne Roberts, Observer

"[E]xcellent."—Frank Pasquale, Concurring Opinions

Irish Times - Frank Dillon
[I]nteresting and thought-provoking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400846658
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 904,075
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Geoff Mulgan is the author of "Good and Bad Power" (Penguin) and "The Art of Public Strategy", among other books. A globally recognized pioneer in the field of social innovation, he was the founder of the think tank Demos and served as director of the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and director of policy under Tony Blair. He is currently chief executive of the UK's National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1- After Capitalism 1
Chapter 2 - Barren and Pregnant Crises 17
Chapter 3 - The Essence of Capitalism 28

Chapter 4 - To Take or to Make 52

  • The Roles of Creators and Predators

Chapter 5 - Capitalism's Critics 79
Chapter 6 - Anticapitalist Utopias and Neotopias 104

Chapter 7 - The Nature of Change 116

  • How One System Becomes Another

Chapter 8- Creative and Predatory Technology 145
Chapter 9 - The Rise of Economies Based on Relationships and Maintenance 172
Chapter 10 - Capitalism's Generative Ideas 198

Chapter 11 - New Accommodations 230

  • or How Societies (Occasionally) Jump

Chapter 12 - Outgrowing Capitalism 280

Notes 289
Acknowledgments 321
Index 323

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