Why, when America and Britain are wealthier than ever, do millions of children live in poverty, neighborhoods want for basic amenities, and the middle classes fear for their families, jobs, and futures? The historical legacy of the "golden era" and the ideology of market individualism are obsessions that the New Democrats in America and the New Labour in Britain have failed to exorcize. Yet the forces of knowledge-driven capitalism provide an unprecedented opportunity to build societies more equitably based on the individual and collective intelligence of all. "Capitalism and Social Progress" shows how this change can be achieved.
'Many have tried to come to grips with the explosive impact of the new, deregulated globalizing capitalism on everything else, from family life to politics. Most have failed, simply because they have focuses on just one slice of life, missing the wider picture; Phillip Brown and Hugh Lauder have succeeded, because of their intellectual courage in embracing all of it - and it does not hurt that their book is so well written.' - Edward N. Luttwak
'a tour de force' - Joan Wills, Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc.
'This is a book that should be read and re-read on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout the industrial world'. - Kent H. Hughes, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre, former Associate Deputy Secretary of Commerce and President of the Council of Competitiveness
'an extremely stimulating and pathbreaking piece of work.' - David Ashton, Director of the Centre for Labour Market Studies, Leicester University
'...an excellent and well-argued book and even if much of the account of post-Fordism is familiar, it knits together economic processes, politics and family life in challenging ways. Brown and Lauder's critique of the Third Way strategy on employment and education should be read by everyone concerned with higher education policy and practice.' - Larry Ray, Current Sociology