Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745337326 Published October 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Reclaiming the State

A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World

William Mitchell and Thomas Fazi

Reclaiming the State

William Mitchell and Thomas Fazi

Distributed for Pluto Press

256 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745337326 Published October 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337333 Published November 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Trump. Brexit. The alt-right. It’s increasingly apparent that old political notions—believed to be consigned to the dustbin of history—are now resurrected. The neonationalist, anti-globalization, and anti-establishment attitude engulfing the United States and United Kingdom hints suspiciously at a yearning for national sovereignty. Reclaiming the State offers an urgent and prescient political analysis and economic program for the Left who are strategizing for these uncertain times.
 
Many of our assumptions—about ideology, democracy, trade, and globalization—are being thrown into doubt, deposed by populism, nationalism, and racism. In response to these challenging times, economist Bill Mitchell and political theorist Thomas Fazi propose a reconceptualization of the sovereign state as a vehicle for change. They offer a progressive view of sovereignty based not on the demonization of the other, but as a way to bring the economy back under democratic control. With nationalism gaining support across the United States with each passing week, Reclaiaming the State provides innovative ideas to mobilize and reenergize a tired, divided Left.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Make the Left Great Again
Part I
The Great Transformation Redux: From Keynesianism to Neoliberalism – and Beyond
1. Broken Paradise: A Critical Assessment of the Keynesian ‘Full Employment’ Era
2. Destined to Fail: Understanding the Crisis of Keynesianism and the Rise of Neoliberalism
3. That Option No Longer Exists: How Britain, and the British Labour Party, Fell Into the Monetarist Trap
4. The Paris Consensus: The French Left and the Creation of Neoliberal Europe
5. The State Never Went Away: Neoliberalism as a State-Driven Project
6. Après Elle, Le Déluge: Are We Entering a Post-Neoliberal Age?
Part II
A Progressive Strategy for the Twenty-First Century
7. Towards a Progressive Vision of Sivereignty
8. A Government is Not Like a Household: An Introduction to Modern Monetary Theory
9. I Have a Job For You: Why a Job Guarantee is Better than a Basic Income
10. We Have a (Central) Plan: The Case of Renationalisation
Conclusion: Back to the State
Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
Independent (UK)
“Could not be more timely.” 
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