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- DescriptionThese days, it is easy to be cynical about democracy. Even though there are more democratic societies w (119 and counting) than ever before, skeptics can point to low turuts in national elections, the degree to which money corrupts the process, and the difficulties of mass participation in complex systems as just a few reasons the system is flawed. The Occupy movement in 2011 proved that there is an emphatic dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, particularly with the ecomy, but, ultimately, it failed to produce any coherent vision for social change. So what should progressives be working toward? What should the ecomic vision be for the 21st century? After Occupy boldly argues that democracy should t just be a feature of political institutions, but of ecomic institutions as well. In fact, despite the importance of the ecomy in democratic societies, there is very little about it that is democratic. Questioning whether the lack of democracy in the ecomy might be unjust, Tom Malleson scrutinizes workplaces, the market, and financial and investment institutions to consider the pros and cons of democratizing each. He considers examples of successful efforts toward ecomic democracy enacted across the globe, from worker cooperatives in Spain to credit unions and participatory budgeting measures in Brazil and questions the feasibility of expanding each. The book offers the first comprehensive and radical vision for democracy in the ecomy, but it is far from utopian. Ultimately, After Occupy offers possibility, demonstrating in a remarkably tangible way that when political democracy evolves to include ecomic democracy, our societies will have a chance of meaningful equality for all.
- Author BiographyTom Malleson is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at York University, Canada. He is the co-editor of Whose Streets? The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest (Between the Lines, 2011) and the author of Stand Up Against Capitalism (Between the Lines and New Internationalist, 2014).
- Author(s)Tom Malleson
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication29/05/2014
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note2 b/w line
- Weight576 g
- Width163 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine26 mm
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