An introduction to economic thinking which holds that the vital things in life are those beyond supply and demand, written by the chief architect of Germany's post-war social market economy. A Humane Economy offers an understandable and compelling explanation of how economies operate. A sweeping and brilliant exposition of market mechanics and moral philosophy, Röpke's masterwork cuts through the jargon and statistics that make most economic writing so obscure and confusing. Over and over, the great Swiss economist stresses one simple point: You cannot separate economic principles from human behavior.
What They're Saying...
"This book is an excellent starting point for the noneconomist reader who wishes to cut through all the jargon and formulas to understand the moral underpinnings of the free market and what must be done to preserve it."
— First Things
"If any person in our contemporary world is entitled to a hearing it is Wilhelm Röpke."
— The New York Times
"[D]efenders of liberty should make room for it on their bookshelves."
— Religion & Liberty
"[A]s a critique of mechanistic economics and a plea to restore the human element to economic studies and policies, A Humane Economy certainly can claim…a place of respect."
— Culture Wars
"[R]ecommended with enthusiasm."
"[ISI Books] has done a tremendous service to the study of political economy by bringing back into print one of the classic treatments of the virtues of free markets."
— CEI UpDate
"This work, and Röpke's other works, should be read by every student of economic and social thought, and every lover of civilization and freedom."
— The New American
"Röpke was a keen observer and an elegant writer."
— The Freeman/Ideas on Liberty