Towards Just and Sustainable Economies

The Social and Solidarity Economy North and South

Edited by Peter North and Molly Scott Cato

Towards Just and Sustainable Economies

Edited by Peter North and Molly Scott Cato

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

276 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447327226 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Across the globe, the problems inherent in capitalism are becoming ever more apparent, from the dismantling of the welfare state to the threats of climate change. Yet the question of how to replace the current business model of capitalism has always been vexed. This book argues that the time is now, and that we have a model at hand, operating throughout the Global South: social and solidarity economies, economies structured around the sharing of resources, the meeting of social needs, and the building of a sustainable future. Academics from a range of disciplines and a number of European and Latin American countries are brought together here to debate the issues at the heart of this problem, and to raise challenging questions for policy makers and citizens alike.
Contents
List of figures and tables
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
One Introduction: new economies North and South – sharing the transition to a just and sustainable future
Peter North and Molly Scott Cato
Part I: Theoretical perspectives on the social and solidarity economy
Two Towards a new economics: concepts and experiences from Latin America
José Luis Coraggio
Three Monsieur le Capital and Madame la Terre on the brink
Penelope Ciancanelli and David Fasenfest
Four Co-construction or prefiguration? The problem of the ‘translation’ of social and solidarity economy practices into policy
Ana Cecilia Dinerstein
Five Transitioning towards low carbon solidarity economies?
Peter North
Part II: The social and solidarity economy as a site of social innovation
Six Innovation, cooperatives and inclusive development: rethinking technological change and social inclusion
Lucas Becerra and Hernán Thomas
Seven Brazil’s social and economic incubators
Reinaldo Pacheco da Costa
Eight The role of universities in the sustainable evolution of solidarity economies
Luiz Roberto Alves, Marco Aurelio Bernardes, Victor Gil Neto and Waverli Maia Matarazzo-Neuberger
Nine Fundos de Pasto: community governance of common resources in north-east Brazil
Erica Imbirussú, Gilca Garcia de Oliveira and Guiomar Inez Germani
Part III: The social and solidarity economy and the state
Ten The Danish low carbon transition and the prospects for the democratic economy
Andrew Cumbers
Eleven Solidarity economy dialogue in Latin America: transferring Argentine experiences of social currencies to Brazil
Paul I. Singer and Heloisa H. Primavera
Twelve Twenty-first century socialism? Venezuela’s solidarity, social, popular and communal economy
Dario Azzellini
Part IV: Policy translation between North and South
Thirteen Being a Zapatista wherever you are: reflections on academic-activist practice from Latin America to the UK
Paul Chatterton
Fourteen Living sín patron: lessons from Argentina’s societies in movement
Marina Sitrin
Fifteen The social and solidarity economy in Argentina and the UK: convergence from opposite directions
Molly Scott Cato and Paola Raffaelli
Sixteen Conclusion: lessons learned and tensions exposed
Peter North, Molly Scott Cato, and the participants in our discussions (Liverpool and Buenos Aires)
Index
 
Review Quotes
David Featherstone, University of Glasgow
"This ambitious and engaging set of dialogues on the dynamics of the social and solidarity economy is both timely and necessary. By bringing together an international set of scholars from Latin America and the United Kingdom, Towards Just and Sustainable Economies develops important and insightful contributions to fostering alternatives to the deleterious consequences of neoliberalism."
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