Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783606498 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783606504 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Cooperatives Confront Capitalism

Challenging the Neo-Liberal Economy

Peter Ranis

Cooperatives Confront Capitalism

Peter Ranis

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166 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783606498 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783606504 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Business co-operatives can offer successful alternative models of decision making, employment, and operation without the existence of managerial and hierarchical structures. Through case studies spanning the United States, Europe, and Latin America—including the first in-depth look at the Cuban co-operative movement, Peter Ranis explores how co-operatives have evolved in response to the recent economic crisis and how the success of co-operatives is spurring the reinvention of labor unions today.
 
Placing the work of key radical theorists including Marx, Gramsci, and Luxembourg alongside that of contemporary political economists such as Block, Piketty, and Stiglitz, Cooperatives Confront Capitalism provides a unique theoretical synthesis and offers a far-reaching analysis of the ideas, achievements, and wider historical context of the cooperative movement. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in how co-operatives and democratic worker organizations can create a lasting solution to unemployment and poverty.
Contents
Acknowledgements
1 Why worker cooperatives? The historical underpinnings and defense of worker cooperatives
2 The role of the state and the US social economy
3 Worker cooperatives in the post-Occupy digital economy
4 Argentina’s cooperatives challenges and breakthroughs
5 Argentina’s leading edge
6 The proliferation and internationalization of the Argentine cooperative experience
7 Eminent domain: confronting the loss of jobs in the United States
8 Building toward worker cooperatives by the use of eminent domain in the United States
9 Cuban cooperatives as a gateway to economic democracy
10 Toward worker autonomy in the United States
References
Index
Review Quotes
Immanuel Ness, City University of New York
“A refreshing reprise of the significant accomplishments of worker cooperatives in Latin America over the last two decades. In the aftermath of the Occupy movement, Ranis provides a unique roadmap for students and scholars for the practical application of worker cooperatives today and in the years to come.”
Erik Olin Wright, author of Understanding Class
“Provides a compelling overview of the potential for worker cooperatives to become a significant alternative to capitalist enterprises, and an innovative argument for the strategic use of eminent domain as a way of publicly supporting the expansion of a cooperative sector.”
Victor Wallis, managing editor of Socialism and Democracy
“A comprehensive treatment of both the theory of worker-cooperatives and their recent history. It reflects many years of field research and fully incorporates the most recent literature. This book will be indispensable to ongoing discussions about Left strategy.”
Héctor Palomino, University of Buenos Aires
“A valuable contribution to both the academic and political fields. Its direct and pleasant style, as well as its clarity and precision, not only makes it accessible but promotes a better understanding of the world we live in.”
 
Marcelo Vieta, University of Toronto
“Offers a compelling case for worker cooperatives as antithesis and antidote to the neoliberal juggernaut. Without doubt, this is one of the best critical arguments in support of cooperatives and economic democracy I have recently read.”
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