Soc Choice Welf (2017) 49:411–412 DOI 10.1007/s00355-017-1071-7 BOOK REVIEW Clair Brown, Buddhist economics: an enlightened approach to the dismal science Bloomsbury Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-63286-366-9. 202 pp 1 2 Wanna Prayukvong · Isao Takagi · James Hoopes Received: 28 April 2017 / Accepted: 19 June 2017 / Published online: 23 June 2017 © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017 Clair Brown’s Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science takes a different approach from the ﬁrst book-length attempt by a Westerner to explain why Buddhist economics can help meet contemporary human and environmental chal- lenges. E. F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (1973) recommended smallness for the sake of people and the natural environment. Brown is less focused on the economic implications of the scale of our institutions. Her concern is mindfulness and changing how we think about happiness, wealth, inequality, and the environment. She aims less to downsize business, government, and politics than to make them more Buddhist. For Brown, the use of Buddhist economics lies in measuring economic progress in terms of its effects on nature, on communities, and on the health of the human spirit. Mindfulness, nonviolence, and meditation create “inner wealth,” a
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