Throughout history, civilized advance has been propelled by man's pursuit of profit motive and financed by "surplus capital" won in that pursuit. Success or failure in amassing such capital, in turn, has invariably been a function of the economic and legal frameworks within which that quest has taken place. In Building Prosperity, Heck explains the vital lessons learned from that history and explores what they posit for 21st century economic governance-producing a cogent message of relevance to public officials, entrepreneurs, and scholars alike.
Gene W. Heck is a senior business development economist operating in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Mideast. Prior to joining the private sector, he was a member of the United States Diplomatic Corps, with postings to the U.S. embassies in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. He also serves as adjunct professor of government and history with the University of Maryland.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Building Twenty-first Century Governance for the Twenty-first Century New Economy Part 2 Part I. In Quest of "Economic Man" Chapter 3 1. Reflections on the Opportunity Costs of Failing to "Seize the Moment" Chapter 4 2. "Economic Man" and the Quest for Capital Gain Part 5 Part II. "Overarching Issues" Chapter 6 3. Why Bureaucracy Is Costly Chapter 7 4. Why Regulatory Costs Matter Chapter 8 5. Why Tax Levels Matter Chapter 9 6. Why Global Trade Competitiveness Matters Chapter 10 7. Why "Tech-Based" Development Matters Chapter 11 8. Education and the Technology Development Process Part 12 Part III. "Responsible Remedies": An American Agenda Chapter 13 9. What Doesn't Work Chapter 14 Epilogue Chapter 15 Appendix: The American Competitiveness Agenda Chapter 16 Bibliography