American essayist and novelist William Styron once said that “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end.” If we judge the late David Landes’ ‘Wealth and Poverty of Nations’ by this criterion, it most certainly fits the bill of a ‘great book’. It is a majestic display […]
Craig Blomberg (Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, Colorado, USA) is a prolific author and his books are generally worth reading. Neither Poverty nor Riches is no exception. It is, to quote from Don Carson’s preface, “an extraordinary achievement” (page 9) and, having been published in 1999, it is well on the […]
Rhodri Davies is the head of “Giving Thought”, the in-house think tank of Charities Aid Foundation. He believes that, “Although philanthropy is growing in prominence, there is still a real lack of clarity about its overall role in our society” (page 7) and in Public Good by Private Means he seeks to affirm its […]
Saving Capitalism – For the Many not the Few is the latest addition to Robert Reich’s cohort of publications. He is perhaps best known for his previous work, The Work of Nations (1992) which raised the issue of growing inequality to the public sphere. Alongside his writing, Robert Reich is also a Professor at […]
For the Least of These comprises a collection of short essays. Its purpose is clearly articulated by Arthur Brooks in the first paragraph of the Foreword: “The Christian Gospels make it abundantly clear that Jesus called on us to care for the poor. What is not at all clear, however, is the best means […]
The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME) is pleased to announce the publication of Capital Markets for the Good of Society: A Christian Perspective by Lyndon Drake. A preview of the publication can be found here. For the full version, please contact CEME’s offices via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (+44) 0186 5513 453.
Crumbling Foundations is a stimulating and largely informative introduction to money and monetary systems. It includes a brief account of the history of money, an analysis some of the issues and problems of contemporary monetary systems, and some thoughts about how money might develop and diversify in the future. It also claims to be a […]
This book is a collection of previously published articles and one unpublished conference paper, with a new 46 page long introduction. It is therefore not a book that develops an argument skillfully and steadily, rather it hammers away at certain themes, sometimes repetitively. Streeck acknowledges this in his Note on the Text, where he […]
The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME) is pleased to announce the publication of The Economics of the Hebrew Scriptures by Ben Cooper. A preview of the publication can be found here. For the full version, please contact CEME’s offices via email at: email@example.com or by telephone at, (+44) 0186 5513 453.
This is an excerpt from the The Mais Lecture: Restoring Trust in the Banking System at Cass Business School, May 24th 2017. For the full text, please click here. It is a great honour to be invited to deliver the Mais Lecture this year, the 38th occasion on which it has been given. It […]
How much of modern Western social and economic policy is based on properly interpreted factual evidence and how much on unexamined assumptions and ideology? In Wealth, Poverty and Politics, Thomas Sowell, the venerable Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, sets out to demonstrate that rather more than is healthy is based […]
Carbon Trading – Unethical, Unjust and Ineffective? by Cameron Hepburn was presented at the “Green Markets, Sustainable Business” conference on Thursday 2nd March 2017, at One Great George Street, London.
In 1987 ICI, one of the leading chemical conglomerates at the time, described its purpose as follows: ICI aims to be the world’s leading chemical company serving customers internationally through the innovative and responsible application of chemistry and related science. Through the achievement of our aim we will enhance the wealth and well-being of […]
The Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics (CEME) held a conference on ‘Green Markets, Sustainable Business’. Hosted by CEME and sponsored by CCLA Investment Management, the event focused on the green economy, investment trends in sustainable energy, and the environment. It proved to be a terrific debate with passionate engagements from both the speakers and the […]
“Managing as if Faith Mattered” is the first volume in the Catholic Social Tradition Series, published by the University of Notre Dame Press in response to Pope John Paul II questioning how many Christians really know and put into practice the principles of the Catholic Church’s social doctrine. Its target audience is thus, first […]
Revd Dr Ben Cooper is Minister for Training at Christ Church Fulwood in Sheffield. He holds doctoral degrees in both Theology and Economics. Before training for ordained ministry, he was a post-doctoral research fellow in economic theory at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is married to Catherine and has three children. Martin Novak is an American […]
John Wesley’s influence in the history of Christianity is indisputable. His movement for ‘scriptural holiness,’ his foundation of Methodism as both movement and denomination, his organisational prowess, his spiritual passion for the established church, all form part of his legacy. His Journals, letters and sermons are a goldmine of information and insight. Naturally this […]
I first read this book shortly after it was published in 1994, at a time when I was starting to explore the interface between Christian ethics and economics. Re-reading it some twenty years later has been instructive, now that this field has been developed rather more and is taken seriously again by at least some […]
They often say ‘never to judge a book by its cover’, that initial external appearances can distort or even deceive the audience from the content that lies within. Well, it must be said that this principle doesn’t apply here. The Shareholder Value Myth by Lynn Stout attempts to achieve exactly what the title entails: […]
“Why Business Matters to God” is addressed to Christians. Jeff Van Duzer, now Provost of Seattle Pacific University and formerly Dean of its School of Business and Economics, suggests that Christians in business “have often been made to feel like second-class citizens in God’s kingdom” (page 9). His aim is to counter the attitudes that […]
The concept of “the common good” dates back at least to Aristotle and has been used by political theorists, moral philosophers and economists down the ages, including people as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, John Locke and Adam Smith. It is a basic concept in Catholic social teaching and is easily understandable by all. However, […]
The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME) is pleased to announce the publication of Ethics in Global Business by Andrei Rogobete. A preview of the publication can be found here. For the full version, please contact CEME’s offices via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at, (+44) 0186 5513 453.
CCLA Investment Management and the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics held a book launch, lecture, panel discussion and reception. Author Revd Canon Edward Carter spoke about his new book, published by The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics as part of its series on Enterprise and Faith. A distinguished panel included Joanna Moriarty, Lord […]
The Center for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics, in conjunction with Campion Hall (University of Oxford), held a roundtable discussion on the “Common Good”. We were delighted to have, among others: Brian Griffiths (Lord Griffiths) – Chairman, Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics Revd Dr James Hanvey – Master, Campion Hall Professor Philip Booth – […]
The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME) is pleased to announce the publication of Business in Catholic Social Thought by Martin Schlag. A sample of the publication can be found here. For the full version, please contact CEME’s offices via email at: email@example.com or by telephone at, (+44) 0186 5513 453.
The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME) is pleased to announce the publication of The Challenge of Social Welfare: Seeking a New Consensus by Brian Griffiths, Richard Turnbull, James Perry and Maurice Glasman. A sample of the publication can be found here. For the full version, please contact CEME’s offices via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at, (+44) 0186 […]
The Center for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics held an event on “Tax and Morality – Is there a moral case for a low-tax economy?” We were delighted to have, among others, Mr Alister Heath (Deputy Editor, The Telegraph) and Mr Andrew Sentance CBE (Former member Monetary Policy Committee, Senior Economic Adviser to PwC) as guest speakers. The event took place on Tuesday, 14th […]
On Wednesday the 21st of October, CEME Chairman Lord Brian Griffiths and Dr. Richard Turnbull (Director), took part in a conference held at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in London. The focus of the event was to challenge and debate concepts within “Christianity, politics, the poor and the planet“. The event was formed of two panels, one on poverty and […]
On behalf of Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach and Michael Quicke OBE, Chief Executive of CCLA Investment Management Limited, CEME held an event on the 16th of July 2015 that focused on The challenge of social welfare: Thinking through the principles. We would probably all agree that poverty is scar upon humanity. However, that is where agreement often […]
A message from the Director, Dr Richard Turnbull: Tax and morality Is the purpose of taxation payment for common services (defence, health, welfare) or a tool for the redistribution of wealth? That decision, and the balance between them, is a political one. However, there is nothing intrinsically moral about either high or progressive taxation. First, higher rates of taxation may not raise […]
The frugality and simplicity of the Quaker character encouraged the patient wait for economic return in entrepreneurial activity – the precise opposite of the greed that seems so much at the forefront today. On the 26th of November 2014, the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics held a discussion on Quaker Capitalism: Lessons for today? We […]
A message from the Director, Dr Richard Turnbull: The market and morality The market economy is not perfect. However, we do sometimes forget that it is the market that has delivered significant prosperity to the world and lifted millions of people out of poverty. Improvements in literacy and sanitation have contributed to a significant reduction in the […]
The second in the series “Conversations in Business” was held on 21 February 2013. The papers presented by the panellists, on the topic “Regulation and the British Economy : Freeing up the Enterprise Economy” can be found here. The panel consisted of: Bernard Grenville-Jones, Businessman & Entrepreneur – click here Baroness Judith Wilcox – click here Dr Richard […]
A message from the Director, Quaker Capitalism and virtuous companies I am fascinated that in the early years of the industrial revolution some of the great businesses were established by Quakers – not least the first iron foundry established by Abraham Darby. There were many others, Cadbury, Rowntree, Clarks’ Shoes, Barclays and Lloyds. Why was this so? The answer […]