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Adam Smith’s Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness

Authors: Hill, John E.

  • Effectively applies the thought of Adam Smith to contemporary policy issues of economic inequality, healthcare, education, crime, national defense, and taxation in the US
  • Illustrates the complexity of Smith’s thought beyond free market interpretations, showing his emphasis on social relationships and significant roles for government in the economy
  • Thoughtfully examines the importance of happiness as a social good to be pursued by policy making 
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About this book

This book examines Adam Smith’s main principles in Wealth of Nations as the basis for effective policymaking. Adam Smith wanted to increase happiness through this formula for a good life: equality, liberty, and justice. Free market interpretations of Smith, the book argues, grossly misrepresent his thought, emphasizing only liberty and not also equality and justice. This book suggests policies that combine all three in order for happiness to be maximized.

About the authors

John E. Hill is an award-winning Professor of Politics and History at Curry College, USA. He is the author of Democracy, Equality and Justice: John Adams, Adam Smith and Political Economy (2007).

Reviews

“Drawing artfully from the humanities and social sciences, Hill brings a prodigious array of classical and contemporary scholarship to bear on one of the central issues of our political and economic systems, making a compelling case for re-examining the writings of Adam Smith and their continuing influence on our thinking today. Undercutting the conventional understanding of the ideals of liberty and equality, Hill elaborates Smith’s notion that both ideals are subservient to the ultimate purpose of government – the happiness of the governed.” (David Tebaldi, Executive Director, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, USA)

“This is a superb commentary measuring contemporary America against the analysis and implied standards of Adam Smith during the formative years of the American republic. The book is insightful about contemporary America, sound in its scholarship of Smith, and thoughtful in its comparison of his aspirations against what time has produced.” (David H. Bayley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, State University of New York at Albany, USA)

“What emerges from Hill's pages is a compassionate, sensible, and eminently practical Adam Smith, whose commitment to equality, liberty, and justice as the basic principles of a flourishing society is both unquestionable and inspiring.” (Richard Kyte, Director, D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, Viterbo University, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Forgotten Revolutionary Ideal

    Hill, John E.

    Pages 1-20

  • Justice, Liberty, and Equality: Adam Smith’s Political Economy

    Hill, John E.

    Pages 21-60

  • Smith’s Principles for the Twenty-First Century

    Hill, John E.

    Pages 61-69

  • Wealth for All

    Hill, John E.

    Pages 71-119

  • Health

    Hill, John E.

    Pages 121-145

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58412-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59047-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adam Smith’s Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58412-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58412-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59047-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 252
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