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By Jesse Norman

Compassionate Conservatism was once acclaimed as 'the highbrow guide to Cameronism'. Now Compassionate Economics takes the argument forward-and starts off to set the schedule for a brand new government.

we are living in a global of deep public hindrance: on the fragmentation of British society, on the prospect of financial recession, on the lack of social belief and social recognize. yet as we achieve the boundaries of kingdom keep an eye on and top-down executive, does the centre-right quite have whatever extra to provide than a reheat of the Eighties? needs to we decide among Brown and Thatcher?

Compassionate Economics solutions those questions. It exhibits how we've develop into keen about neo-classical economics, and the way this obsession undermines our realizing of individuals and society. It rejects the fake gives you of happiness concept. It exhibits how an old idea of human overall healthiness can be utilized to lead public coverage. And it explains how we will rebuild the principles of our prosperity-and our society.

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But it is not alone: over the past 40 years, the public understanding of human behaviour has increasingly reflected a standard view of man as perfectly rational, greedy and fearful, and hyper-sensitive to marginal gains and losses. These two ideas are linked, and self-reinforcing. This standard economic view has become a default position, as we have seen. But it has also been propagated by many large organisations, including corporations and government itself One valuable study has made this point by contrasting what it calls Theory X and Theory Y.

Even well-informed financial investors often behave irrationally. They get caught up in fads, they follow financial gurus, they obsessively chart price movements, they fail to diversifY their portfolios and they churn their shares, for example. Markets can be inefficient, they can misprice risk and reward, and they can overshoot for reasons of fashion or sentiment on the way up or down. But this is merely anecdotal. What is more interesting is research which shows that people are not randomly economically irrational, but follow fairly consistent patterns.

However, many economics textbooks tend to use the model of perfect competition as a prescription for what markets ought to be. Take the latest edition of Samuelson's Economics, one of the best-selling economics textbooks ever written. After listing the requirements of perfectly competitive markets and claiming that only such markets can lead to efficient outcomes, they write: "Alas, there are many ways that markets can fall short of perfect competition ... " In other words, reality is seen through the spectacles of formal economic models.

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