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The moral economy. Why good incentives are no substitute for good citizens

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The moral economy. Why good incentives are no substitute for good citizens / samuel Bowles.
Author
Bowles, Samuel.
Publication
New Haven : Yale University Press 2016.
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1 online resource (288 pages)
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Castle Lectures Series
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Castle Lectures Series.
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Electronic books.
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  • 9780300221084
  • 0300221088
Author
Bowles, Samuel.
Title
The moral economy. Why good incentives are no substitute for good citizens / samuel Bowles.
Publisher
New Haven : Yale University Press 2016.
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computer
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online resource
Series
Castle Lectures Series
Castle Lectures Series.
Summary
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.
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Print version: Bowles, Samuel. Moral economy. Why good incentives are no substitute for good citizens. New Haven : Yale University Press 2016 9780300163803 (OCoLC)930798081
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