With capitalism in crisis - rising inequality, unsustainable resource depletion and climate change all demanding a new economic model - the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) has been suggested as an alternative. What can contribute in terms of generating livelihoods that provide a dignified life, meeting of social needs and building of sustainable futures? What can activists in both the global North and South learn from each other?
In this volume academics from a range of disciplines and from a number of European and Latin American countries come together to question what it means to have a 'sustainable society' and to ask what role these alternative economies can play in developing convivial, humane and resilient societies, raising some challenging questions for policy-makers and citizens alike.
"This ambitious and engaging set of dialogues on the dynamics of the social and solidarity economy is both timely and necessary. By bringing together an international set of scholars from Latin America and the UK Towards Just and Sustainable Economies develops important and insightful contributions to fostering alternatives to the deleterious consequences of neoliberalism." Dr David Featherstone, University of Glasgow
Peter North is Reader in Alternative Economies at the University of Liverpool. His research focusses on the transition to a convivial, just and sustainable world at a local level, in the context of the Anthropocene.
Scott Cato is a Green Member of the European Parliament for South West England. She works on finance, tax, trade, food and farming in the Parliament and is a member of the EU-Latin America committee.
Introduction: New Economies North and South: Sharing the Evolution to a Just and Sustainable Future ~ Peter North and Molly Scott Cato;
Part I: Theoretical Perspectives on the Social and Solidarity Economy;
Towards a new economics: Concepts and experiences from Latin America ~ Jose Luis Coraggio;
Towards low carbon solidarity economies ~ Peter North;
Monsieur le Capital and Madame la Terre on the Brink ~ Penelope Ciancanelli and David Fasenfest;
Part II: The Social and Solidarity Economy as a Site of Social Innovation;
Developing the solidarity economy: Brazil's social economy incubators ~ Reinaldo Pacheco da Costa;
Innovation, cooperativism and inclusive development: Rethinking technological change and social inclusion ~ Hernán Thomas and Lucas Becerra;
The solidarity economy and the University’s role in creating sustainable evolution ~ Luiz Roberto Alves, Marco Aurelio Bernardes, Victor Gil Neto and Waverli Maia Maratozzo-Neuberger;
Community governance of common resources in North-Eastern Brazil ~ Gilca Oliveira;
Part III: The Social and Solidarity Economy and the State;
The Danish low carbon transition and the prospects for a democratic economy ~ Andrew Cumbers;
A Brazilian perspective on the solidarity economy: Transferring Argentine experiences of Barter to Brazil ~ Paul I. Singer and Heloisa Pimavera;
21st century socialism? Venezuela’s solidarity, social, popular and communal economy ~ Dario Azzellini;
Co-construction or prefiguration? Rethinking the ‘translation’ of SSE practices into policy ~ Ana Cecilia Dinerstein;
Part IV: Inspiration between north and south;
Being a Zapatista wherever you are: Reflections on academic/activist practice from Latin America ~ Paul Chatterton;
Living Sin Patron: Lessons from Argentina’s societies in movement ~ Marina Sitrin;
The social and solidarity economy in Argentina and the UK: Convergence from opposite directions ~ Molly Scott Cato and Paolo Raffaelli;
Conclusion ~ Peter North and Molly Scott Cato.