5.43 x 8.5 inches | 160 pages | November 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-3105-9 | 1-5095-3105-X $59.95 US | $71.95 CND PB | 978-1-5095-3106-6 | 1-5095-3106-8 $19.95 US | $23.95 CND ebook available
The Left Case Against the EU COSTAS LAPAVITSAS
Many on the left see the European Union as a fundamentally benign project with the potential to underpin ever greater co-operation and progress. If it has drifted rightwards, the answer is to fight for reform from within. In this iconoclastic polemic, economist Costas Lapavitsas demolishes this view. He contends that the EU’s response to the Eurozone crisis represents the ultimate transformation of the union into a neoliberal citadel. Concurrently, the rise of German hegemony has divided the EU into an unstable mixture of wealthy core and dependent peripheries. These related developments make the EU impervious to meaningful reform and ripe for a direct challenge that stresses popular and national sovereignty as preconditions for true socialist internationalism. Lapavitsas’s call for socialist opposition to the EU upends the wishful thinking that often characterizes the debate and will be a challenging read for all on the left interested in the future of Europe. COSTAS LAPAVITSAS is Professor of Economics at SOAS University of London.
Series: The Case For 4.88 x 7.48 inches | 144 pages | June 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-2491-4 | 1-5095-2491-6 $45 US | $54 CND PB | 978-1-5095-2492-1 | 1-5095-2492-4 $12.95 US | $15.95 CND | ST ebook available
The Case for a Maximum Wage SAM PIZZIGATI
Modern societies set limits, on everything from how fast motorists can drive to how much waste factory owners can dump in our rivers. But incomes in our deeply unequal world have no limits. Could capping top incomes tackle our rising inequality more effectively than conventional approaches? In this engaging book, leading analyst Sam Pizzigati details how egalitarians worldwide, from the USA to Switzerland, are demonstrating that a “maximum wage” could be both economically viable and politically practical. He shows how, building on local initiatives, governments could start using their tax systems to enforce fair income ratios between rich and poor across the board. The ultimate goal? That ought to be, Pizzigati argues, a world without a super-rich. His clear-sighted analysis explains why we need to create that world – and how we could speed its creation. SAM PIZZIGATI is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and coeditor of Inequality.org.