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Daniel Ben-Ami

Daniel Ben-Ami

Daniel Ben-Ami has worked as a professional journalist for over 20 years, during which time he has contributed to numerous publications including The Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, Prospect and The Sunday Times. He has also undertaken country risk analysis on the Middle East for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Daniel's book on global finance, Cowardly Capitalism (Wiley, 2001), was recommended by the Baker Library of Harvard Business School . He also contributed a chapter to Cultural Difference, Media Memories: Anglo-American Images of Japan (Cassell, 1997). Daniel's new book on contemporary society's unease with popular prosperity Ferraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress is published in July 2010. His website can be found at

Daniel Ben-Ami was on the panel of the Thinking Big session of Development, Sustainability and Environment 3 in March 2007 (Proceedings), Limits to Growth in 21st Century in August 2010 and the head to head debate with Jonathon Porritt: Economic Growth: Bane or Boon? in October 2010

Daniel Ben-Ami says:

'We need to ditch the notion of sustainability, both here and in the developing world – the idea that we should place limits on development is really negative. It would also be positive to have more resource flows, but not with all sorts of conditions attached and we should end migration controls, especially when you consider how important remittances are to the developing world.'


Ferraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress
Ferraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress by Daniel Ben-Ami

The growth of the economy and the spread of prosperity are increasingly seen as problematic rather than positive. They are accused of encouraging greed, damaging the environment, causing unhappiness and widening social inequalities. The mainstream acceptance of these views is a trend Daniel Ben-Ami has termed ‘growth scepticism’.

Ferraris for all is a rejoinder to the growth sceptics. Using examples from a range of countries, the author argues that society as a whole benefits from greater affluence. Action is needed – not to limit prosperity, but to encourage creativity and growth in resolving the problems of poverty, inequality and the environment, to increase abundance and to spread it worldwide. Lively and provocative, this timely book will trigger debate and dissent in equal measure.

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Cowardly Capitalism
Cowardly Capitalism: The Myth of the Global Financial Casino by Daniel Ben-Ami
"Cowardly Capitalism combines an excellent survey of modern finance with the striking idea that our aversion to risk is more dangerous than our love of it. Its message should be taken seriously by everyone with a stake in modern financial markets" Andrew Freeman, European Business correspondent, The Economist

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Useful Links
Daniel Ben-Ami Wikipedia entry
There is no ‘paradox of prosperity’ by Daniel Ben-Ami
The dismal quackery of eco-economics by Daniel Ben-Ami
New Labour's economy: healthy, sluggish, dull by Daniel Ben-Ami
Throwing salt on 'the scar of Africa' by Daniel Ben-Ami
Sky News TV: Debate with Friends of the Earth on the economics of climate change
The teenage face of Bush and Blair by Daniel Ben-Ami

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