Solidarity Economics Why Mutuality and Movements Matter MANUEL PASTOR AND CHRIS BENNER University of Southern California; University of California, Santa Cruz Traditional economics is built on the assumption of self-interested individuals seeking to maximize personal gain. This is far from the whole story, however: sharing, caring and a desire to uphold the collective good are also powerful individual motives. In a world wracked by inequality, social divisions, and ecological destruction, can we build an alternative economics based on our mutual co-operation? In this book Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor invite us to imagine and create a new sort of solidarity economics – an approach grounded in our instincts for connection and community – and in so doing, actually build a more robust, sustainable, and equitable economy. They argue that our current economy is already deeply dependent on mutuality, but that the inequality and fragmentation created by the status quo undermines this mutuality and with it our economic wellbeing. They outline the theoretical framing, policy agenda, and social movements we need to revive solidarity and apply it to whole societies. Solidarity Economics is an essential read for anyone who longs for an economy that can generate prosperity, provide for all, and preserve the planet.
216 x 138mm | 208 pages | September 2021 HB | 978-1-5095-4407-3 | £50.00 | $64.95 | €61.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4408-0 | £15.99 | $22.95 | €19.90 ebook available
Ours The Case for Universal Property PETER BARNES Neither our current regime of individual property rights, nor rigid state ownership, have proven very effective in producing prosperous, just, environmentally flourishing societies. But what if there was another kind of property that, if added to markets, could transform them, our society and our planet? In this provocative book, Peter Barnes argues for injecting markets with a type of property that isn’t mine, yours or the state’s, but “ours jointly” — literally held in trust for each of us, living and yet-to-be born. Such property, if instituted widely, could protect critical ecosystems, pay lifelong dividends to everyone, and reduce the likelihood of financial crashes. The result would be a market economy in which businesses prosper, nature’s limits are respected and a large middle class thrives. This smart and concise book, with its argument for expanding, not threatening, property rights to meet twenty-first century needs, is an agendasetting read that could provide a model for a post COVID-19 world.
198 x 129mm | 162 pages | July 2021 HB | 978-1-5095-4482-0 | £40.00 | $49.95 | €48.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4483-7 | £12.99 | $14.95 | €15.90 ebook available
Care and Capitalism KATHLEEN LYNCH University College Dublin The violence of capitalism extends and deepens other forms of inequality personally, locally and globally. The world needs a politics of love, care and solidarity and new forms of intellectual and political resistance. Care and Capitalism presents a challenge to the values of neoliberal capitalism by framing and documenting the political salience of affective relations of love, care and solidarity as sociological and political matters. Kathleen Lynch sketches a new narrative that recognizes the sociological reality that humans are moral agents for whom values matter. In her instructive and inspiring analysis, Lynch argues not only from a care ethical perspective but also from a perspective of feminist critique of capitalism and of economic relations.
229 x 152mm | 248 pages | November 2021 HB | 978-1-5095-4383-0 | £55.00 | $69.95 | €67.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4384-7 | £17.99 | $24.95 | €21.90 ebook available
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