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New book reviews – reclaiming public ownership, resistance in the crisis, challenging expertise, taking back the economy

CumbersFor August we’ve got four new book reviews: Richard White (Sheffield Hallam University) on Andrew Cumbers’ Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space for Economic Democracy; Antonis Vradis (London School of Economics) on Costas Douzinas’ Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe; Rosie Meade (University College Cork) on Gwen Ottinger’s Refining Expertise: How Responsible Engineers Subvert Environmental Justice Challenges; Pete North (University of Liverpool) on J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy’s Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming our Communities.

Reclaiming public ownership, resistance in the crisis, challenging expertise, taking back the economy – how’s that for four impossible things on a Monday morning?!

Take Back the EconomyMake sure you follow the reviews up with some work from our reviewers: Richard’s ‘The Pervasive Nature of Heterodox Economic Spaces at a Time of Neoliberal Crisis: Towards a “Postneoliberal” Anarchist Future‘ from last year’s special issue on anarchist geographies; Antonis’ ‘The Right Against the City‘, an intervention on right-wing movements’ claims to urban space in Greece; Rosie’s ‘Government and Community Development in Ireland: The Contested Subjects of Professionalism and Expertise‘, a paper that historicises the recent and ongoing professionalisation of community development in Ireland; and Pete’s ‘Ten Square Miles Surrounded By Reality? Materialising Alternative Economies Using Local Currencies‘, which will be on Early View any day now – here’s what Pete has to say about it…

“For some time, environmental and anticapitalist activists have developed a strong critique of unsustainable globalised neoliberal capitalism, while local economic development policy makers have recognised that many communities suffer from entrenched worklessness and a lack of opportunities; both are interested in developing sustainable livelihoods and have wanted to develop local economies. Based on fieldwork in the US, the UK and Germany, the paper examines the concrete successes of recently developed local paper-based currencies, arguing that in some places alliances between green activists and those wanting to develop the local economy, including local business people, can develop robust local currency systems that facilitate local circulations, but often circulate in areas too small to be sustainable over the long-run. Learning lessons from Germany, the paper argues that these local currency networks could, in time, help develop new forms of local production.”

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