The book speaks to the widespread quest for concrete alternative ways forward 'beyond capitalism' in the face of the prevailing corporatocracy and a capitalist system in crisis. It examines a number of institutions and practices now being built in the nooks and crannies of present societies and that point beyond capitalism toward a more equal, participatory, and democratic society – institutions such as cooperatives, public banks, the commons, economic democracy. This seminal collection of critical studies draws on academic and activist voices from the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and Argentina, and from a variety of theoretical-political perspectives – Marxism, anarchism, feminism, and Zapatismo.
Forward by Richard D. Wolff
Part I: Economic Democracy / The Social Economy
1. Beyond Capitalism to Sustainability: The Public Bank Solution
2. Building a Grassroots Democratic Economy: The Rising Tide of Local Self-Reliance, Workplace Democracy, and Social Justice
3. Worker’s Economy in Argentina: Self Management, Cooperatives and Recovered Enterprises in a Time of Global Crisis
4. Cooperative Cuba
Part II: The Commons
5. Commoning Together
6. Building the Commons as an Antidote to the Predatory Market Economy
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese
7. Autogestión: Prefiguring a New Cooperativism and the ‘Labor Commons’
8. Divisions in the Commons: Ecuador’s FLOK Society and the Zapatistas’ Escuelita
Part III: Alternatives to a System in Crisis
9. Economic Crises, Environmental Crises: Moving beyond Capitalism
10. The Left and a Green New Deal
11. Alternatives to Development in Latin America
Part IV: Bringing Politics Back In
12. The Limits of Localism
13. Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope
14. Toward A Stronger, More Influential Political Left: An Appeal for Critical Self-Reflection
Part V: Socialism in the 21st Century
15. Building a 21st Century Socialism
16. Out of the Abyss, the New World
17. The Communal State (Venezuela): Communal Councils and Workplace Democracy
18. The Necessary Renovation of Socialist Hegemony in Cuba: Contradictions and Challenges
Olga Fernández Ríos
19. Cuba’s Cooperatives: Their Contribution to Cuba’s New Socialism
Camila Piñeiro Harnecker
20. The Dialectic of Constituent Power and Constituted Power
The global crisis, coming at the end of three decades of uneven capitalist development and neoliberal globalization that have devastated the economies and societies of people across the world, especially in the developing societies of the global south, cries out for a more critical, proactive approach to the study of international development. The challenge of creating and disseminating such an approach, to provide the study of international development with a critical edge, is the project of a global network of activist development scholars concerned and engaged in using their research and writings to help effect transformative social change that might lead to a better world.
This series will provide a forum and outlet for the publication of books in the broad interdisciplinary field of critical development studies—to generate new knowledge that can be used to promote transformative change and alternative development.
The editors of the series welcome the submission of original manuscripts that focus on issues of concern to the growing worldwide community of activist scholars in this field.
To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk).