The Eco­nom­ics of Be­long­ing

Arab News - - News Internatio­nal - MARTIN SANDBU

Fu­eled by pop­ulism and the frus­tra­tions of the dis­en­fran­chised, the past few years have wit­nessed the wide­spread re­jec­tion of the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal or­der that Western coun­tries built up after 1945.

Po­lit­i­cal de­bates have turned into vi­o­lent clashes be­tween those who want to “take their coun­try back” and those viewed as de­fend­ing an elit­ist, bro­ken, and un­pa­tri­otic so­cial con­tract. There seems to be an in­creas­ing po­lar­iza­tion of val­ues. The

Eco­nom­ics of

Be­long­ing ar­gues that we should step back and take a fresh look at the root causes of our cur­rent chal­lenges.

In this orig­i­nal, en­gag­ing book, Martin Sandbu ar­gues that eco­nom­ics re­mains at the heart of our widen­ing in­equal­ity and it is only by fo­cus­ing on the right poli­cies that we can address it. He pro­poses a de­tailed, rad­i­cal plan for cre­at­ing a just econ­omy where ev­ery­one can be­long. Sandbu demon­strates that the ris­ing num­bers of the left be­hind are not due to glob­al­iza­tion gone too far.

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