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The Pandemic Within

Policy Making for a Better World

By Hendrik Wagenaar and Barbara Prainsack

Published

Aug 1, 2021

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1447362234

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Policy Press

Published

Aug 1, 2021

Page count

152 pages

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978-1447362227

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Aug 1, 2021

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1447362241

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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    The Pandemic Within

    COVID-19 has exposed defects in our current political-economic order: extreme wealth inequality, an ideology-driven government, a greedy corporate sector, a precarious labour force and a looming climate catastrophe.

    This accessible book offers a unique blend of moral imagination and social-political analysis to overcome these defects. It focuses on two characteristics of contemporary societies - hegemony and complexity - that have inhibited our ability to imagine, and take seriously, better practices and institutions.

    Considering housing, work, governance, finance, climate change and more, this book presents feasible and pragmatic solutions which are informed by a comprehensive vision of a flourishing, sustainable and richly democratic society.

    Hendrik Wagenaar is Senior Academic Advisor at the International School for Government at King’s College London and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria.

    Barbara Prainsack is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and Director of the interdisciplinary research platform Governance of Digital Practices.

    Part I: The Mess We’re in

    How a global pandemic reveals the fault lines of our global order, and why it is so difficult to get to grips with it

    Complexity and Hegemony as a Human Predicament

    Part II: Solutions

    Ensure a Well-Functioning Public Infrastructure

    Housing is a Public Good, Not a Commodity

    Rethinking Work

    Good Government

    Real Corporate Responsibility

    Towards Public Money

    A Sustainable Society

    Part III: Conclusion: Deepening Democracy

    Taking Associative Democracy Seriously