In Recasting Egailtarianism, part of Verso's Real Utopias series, ecomists Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis diagse the current malaise of the Left as a result of the obsolescence of its traditional ecomic models. They propose an egalitarian redistribution of assets - land, capital and housing - and draw in vel ways on markets, competition, state regulation and community governance. The lead essay in the book lays out the underlying logic of this proposal in some detail. In the series of critiques which follow it, a range of distinguished thinkers engage in lively polemic concerning the practicality and effectiveness of the authors' scheme.
Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis both teach at the University of Massachusetts. Their books include Schooling in Capitallst America: Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life and Democracy and Capitalism: Community Property and the Contradictions of Modern Social Thought. Erik Olin Wright is the author of Interrogating Inequality, Classes, The Debate on Classes and Class, Crisis and the State, all published by Verso