Civic Capitalism: The State of Childhood
Published: September 2005© 2005
137 Pages, 5.52 x 8.48 x 0.40 in
Offering a positive formulation of the moral practices that are basic to the civic institution of childhood, citizenship, and social justice, Civic Capitalism expands the economist's concept of human capital to include health, education, and other social transfers that enrich civic capital formation. John O'Neill demonstrates how this development has become the political core of capitalist societies in North America and Europe whose welfare regimes are continuously contested yet intrinsic to ideals of citizenship and social justice.
Civic Capitalism examines the current surrender to global capitalism and market elites that exploit rich national niches of civic society, education, health, the rule of law, and social security, and challenges it to re-focus on the needs of children and the poor. Elite ideologies of anti-governance and anti-taxation are indifferent to the needs of society's most vulnerable, and fail to realize that inequality, ignorance, and sickness are the most present impediments to economic growth and democracy. O'Neill gives moral voice to children and the state of childhood – the site where our notions of well-being (health, education, human capital) are tested. His research draws upon the classical tradition of critical political economy and social policy in Galbraith, Rawls, and Tawney, to name a few. Working within this tradition, he provides a grammar of civic childhood and the wealth of nations.
'This excellent little book extends the reputation of an internationally recognized author of considerable merit: John O'Neill. Civic Capitalism is well written, passionately argued, and critical, and makes a definite contribution to our understanding of citizenship.'Nick Stevenson, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham
'In Civic Capitalism, John O'Neill deals with a profoundly important set of issues, and does so in a way that productively informs public policy debate in Canada. To coin a term in the spirit of the author's terminology, this book is an example of "civic scholarship." It is a serious and committed piece of work, and a highly significant contribution to the public good.'William Ramp, Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge