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Economics, Ethics and Globalization

Changing Economic Paradigms, Globalization, Diplomacy, The Welfare State, Philanthropy, Sustainability, Liberalism and Neo-liberalism, Development

For many years, F. David Peat held discussions, via personal meetings and exchanges of emails and telephone calls, on a number of topics clustered around issues of ethics, trust and loyalty in business and finance, economics in a globalized word, the role that can be played by the ethical standards and spiritual beliefs of individuals within organizations, social and national tensions associated with economic inequalities, concerns about the future of the biosphere, environmental sustainability, energy reserves and production and economic issues surrounding climate change. In many ways these discussions arose out of the contributions of visitors to the Pari Center, as well as during conferences such as the Pari Roundtable on Corporate Ethics, Globalization and Economic Instabilities in 2002. A further input was provided by the discussions held in Pari and London within the context of the Templeton Foundation’s Spiritual Capital project.

The following are a collection of papers, some of which emerged from the Roundtables held in Pari, others from economists and those involved in corporations, business, governments. and NGOs who have supported our work.