Political constitutions alone do t guarantee democracy; a degree of ecomic equality is also essential. Yet contemporary ecomies, 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 ecomy 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 ecomy today. If we want a better world, we must act on existing social realities.
Keith Hart is International Director of the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria and Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His recent books include The Human Economy (Co-edited 2010), Economic Anthropology (Co-authored 2011), People, Money and Power in the Economic Crisis (Co-edited 2014).