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The Values of the Pluralist Commonwealth

The Values of the Pluralist Commonwealth Nien-hê Hsieh 1. A Source of Inspiration Gar Alperovitz's America Beyond Capitalism is an inspiring book.1 For although Alperovitz paints a disturbing picture of America's failure to live up to its values, he provides inspiration for the way forward. In his book, Alperovitz describes a workable alternative to existing institutional arrangements; he terms this alternative the "Pluralist Commonwealth." He describes elements of this alternative that are already in place and outlines strategies for realizing this alternative more fully. At the same time, the Pluralist Commonwealth remains firmly grounded in the values that existing institutional arrangements have failed to realize. America's failure to live up to its values may be great, but it is not too late to address that failure. According to Alperovitz, realizing those values is still within reach. This makes his book inspiring. For theorists, there is a second sense in which the book is inspiring. The book manages to engage theoretical debates while addressing contemporary political and economic issues. The book is not just about applying a theory; the book does not simply work out what some theory would prescribe for political and economic arrangements. Nor is the book solely about the strategy for implementing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

The Values of the Pluralist Commonwealth

The Good Society , Volume 15 (3) – Jan 7, 2007

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Nien-hê Hsieh 1. A Source of Inspiration Gar Alperovitz's America Beyond Capitalism is an inspiring book.1 For although Alperovitz paints a disturbing picture of America's failure to live up to its values, he provides inspiration for the way forward. In his book, Alperovitz describes a workable alternative to existing institutional arrangements; he terms this alternative the "Pluralist Commonwealth." He describes elements of this alternative that are already in place and outlines strategies for realizing this alternative more fully. At the same time, the Pluralist Commonwealth remains firmly grounded in the values that existing institutional arrangements have failed to realize. America's failure to live up to its values may be great, but it is not too late to address that failure. According to Alperovitz, realizing those values is still within reach. This makes his book inspiring. For theorists, there is a second sense in which the book is inspiring. The book manages to engage theoretical debates while addressing contemporary political and economic issues. The book is not just about applying a theory; the book does not simply work out what some theory would prescribe for political and economic arrangements. Nor is the book solely about the strategy for implementing

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Jan 7, 2007

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