The principles of the modern foundational economy and its role in renewing citizenship and informing public policy are explored for the first time in this instructive collection.
Challenging mainstream social and economic thinking, it shows how foundational economy experiments at different scales can foster radical social innovation through collective, rather than private, consumption.
An interdisciplinary group of respected European academics provide case studies of initiatives and interventions around policy cornerstones including housing, food supply and water and waste management. They build a judicious evidence base of the growing relevance of foundational economic thinking and its potential to provide a new political and social outlook on civil society and social justice.
“Looking for new ways of organising the economy? Here are examples of how the things most important for well-being are best provided by involving citizens actively in their provision.” Andrew Sayer, Lancaster University
“Dramatically advances our understanding of how societies can determine the moral standards that their economies must meet to establish a practical yet humane obligation to citizens.” Mark Granovetter, Stanford University
Filippo Barbera is Professor of Economic Sociology in the CPS Department at the University of Turin and is affiliated with the Collegio Carlo Alberto.
Ian Rees Jones is Professor of Sociological Research at Cardiff University and the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD).
Introduction ~ Filippo Barbera and Ian Rees Jones
The Foundational Economy and the Civil Sphere ~ Filippo Barbera and Ian Rees Jones
Part 1: Governance and Public Action
Re-embedding the Economy within Digitalized Foundational Sectors: The Case of Platform Cooperativism ~ Davide Arcidiacono Ivana Pais
Reframing Public Ownership in the Foundational Economy: (Re)discovering a Variety of Forms ~ Leonhard Plank
The Nonprofit Paradox after the Crisis: How to Survive within a Changing Scenario ~ Sandro Busso and Joselle Dagnes
Part 2: Housing and Urban Life
Planning with Citizenship: An Idea whose time has come in Greater Manchester? ~ Julie Froud, Mike Hodson, Sukhdev Johal, Hua Wei and Karel Williams
Housing and the grounded city: Rent extraction and social innovations ~ Massimo Bricocoli and Angelo Salento
Part 3: Water and Waste
Waste Management and Value Extraction in Italy: Where is the Citizen? Waste to Worth ~ Dario Minervini
Civil Society and the Movement for Public Water: Water Management and its Transformation in England and Italy ~ Sergio Marotta and Ferdinando Spina
Part 4: Food
Changing Food Supply Chains: The Role of Citizens and Civil Society Organisations in Working Towards a Social Economy ~ Fabio Mostaccio
Foodscapes of Hope: The Foundational Economy of Food ~ Kevin Morgan
Conclusions and New Policy Directions ~ Filippo Barbera and Ian Rees Jones