The Broken Mosaic

For an Economics Beyond Equations

Ladislau Dowbor

The Broken Mosaic

Ladislau Dowbor

Distributed for Zed Books

176 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781842776339 Published September 2005 For sale in North and South America only
This cogent critique of the narrowness and moral blindness of conventional economics, and its distance from any genuine concern for people’s lives, is part autobiographical reflection and part summation of a lifetime’s work in developing countries. Ladislau Dowbor rejects both old-fashioned statist economics and utopian ’post-economics’ ideas of social organization. Instead, he pulls together a rich mixture of detailed and practical conclusions about economic and social policy, drawing on his own work as an economic adviser in countries as diverse as Poland, Portugal, Guinea Bissau, post-Soviet Mongolia, Sandinista Nicaragua, democratic South Africa and President Lula’s Brazil. His approaches and principles are relevant to all developing countries as they seek new policies to replace neoliberal prescriptions that have delivered neither growth, social justice, nor environmental sustainability.
Part I - Mosaics from the Past

A time to fight
Heading South
Back home
Nicaragua, Nicaraguita
Local power
The era of globalization
Science, conscience, experience

Part 2 - Mosaic of the Future

New dynamics, other concepts
Points of reference
The focus for action: bridging exclusion
New game, new rules

Part 3 - The Mosaic Reconstructed

Institutions and schizophrenia
Identity and culture
Winds of change


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