Economy for and Against Democracy

Economy for and Against Democracy
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Artikel-Nr:
9781782388456
Veröffentl:
2015
Einband:
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Seiten:
278
Autor:
Keith Hart
Serie:
2, The Human Economy
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PDF
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Web PDF
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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Political constitutions alone do not guarantee democracy; a degree of economic equality is also essential. Yet contemporary economies, dominated as they are by global finance and political rent-seekers, often block the realization of democracy. The comparative essays and case studies of this volume examine the contradictory relationship between the economy and democracy and highlight the struggles and visions needed to make things more equitable. They explore how our collective aspirations for greater democracy might be informed by serious empirical research on the human economy today. If we want a better world, we must act on existing social realities.

Political constitutions alone do not guarantee democracy; a degree of economic equality is also essential. Yet contemporary economies, dominated as they are by global finance and political rent-seekers, often block the realization of democracy. The comparative essays and case studies of this volume examine the contradictory relationship between the economy and democracy and highlight the struggles and visions needed to make things more equitable. They explore how our collective aspirations for greater democracy might be informed by serious empirical research on the human economy today. If we want a better world, we must act on existing social realities.

Introduction
Keith Hart

PART I: ECONOMY VERSUS DEMOCRACY


Chapter 1. Habits of austerity: financialization and new ways of dealing with money
Jürgen Schraten


Chapter 2. What financial crisis? The global politics of finance: distributional consequences and legitimizing narratives
Horacio Ortiz


Chapter 3. Party funding for and against democracy in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Booker Magure


PART II: THE STRUGGLE FOR ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY


Chapter 4. Women as mediators in post-war Mozambique: pushing lobolo from price to propriety
Albert Farré


Chapter 5. Negotiating state and market: the South African HIV/AIDS movement and social change
Theodore Powers


Chapter 6. Beyond the market: the case of white workers in Pretoria
John Sharp & Stephan Van Wyk


Chapter 7. Waves of unrest: wildcat strikes and possible democratic change in Swaziland
Vito Laterza


PART III: VISIONS OF HUMAN ECONOMY AND DEMOCRACY


Chapter 8. Solidarity economy in contemporary Greece: ‘movementality’, economic democracy and social reproduction
Theodoros Rakopoulos


Chapter 9. Money for a human economy: a reflection from Argentina
Hadrien Saiag


Chapter 10. Human economy: the revolutionary struggle for happiness
Keith Hart


Chapter 11. Building a human economy movement: the precedent of transnational feminism
Camille Sutton-Brown


Notes on authors
References
Index

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