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Reviving Rootedness

AN ARGUMENT FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY.

“The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties”

By Paul Collier

248 pages. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $29.99.

You might expect that , a noted development economist at Oxford who has devoted most of his professional life to the uplift of the global poor, would see himself as a “citizen of the world.” But that’s not quite right. Collier grew up in that provided working-class families like his own with a modicum of prosperity and stability, and that has since struggled in the face of import competition and the loss of many of its most ambitious citizens to London and other dynamic cities. He attributes his prodigious accomplishments in no small part to the cooperative character of the community, and the nation, in which he was raised.

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