Can cooperation and democracy supplant greed and competition as the organizing principles of our economic lives? Robin Hahnel wrestles relentlessly and insightfully with this profound question throughout this wide-ranging study. ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY provides one serious roadmap toward a more just and egalitarian society; and as such, makes an important contribution toward the revival of the socialist tradition.
.Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Robin Hahnel's book is an excellent overview of the principles of economic justice, and the practical and theoretical flaws of both capitalism and the various attempts to reform or eliminate it. But it's far more than critique; it's also a blueprint for a better society, and offers plenty of ideas on how to get there. Even if you're not fully convinced, it will make you think. And how many books do that?
.Doug Henwood, Editor, Left Business Observer
Robin Hahnel breaks new ground here in articulating his vision of a participatory economy and-equally important-in showing how progress may be made toward this long-run goal within the interstices of the current capitalist system. Economic Justice and Democracy is essential reading for anyone concerned about overcoming the ravages of contemporary world capitalism and building a better society.Thomas E. Weisskopf, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan.
Robin Hahnel's path-breaking book reconceptualizes our understanding of economic justice and economic democracy. This immensely readable and inspiring work should be on the bookshelf of every academic, activist and citizen who is seriously interested in creating a just and democratic world economy in the 21st century.Ilene Grabel, Associate Professor of International Finance, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver
Robin Hahnel's new book, Economic Justice and Democracy, is an ambitious work of political history, a cogent critique of capitalism and its main contenders, and a visionary venture vibrating with hope and possibility. As such, it is a crucial book for our contemporary moment.
.Jules Boykoff, Whitman College
About the Author
Robin Hahnel is Professor of Economics at American University. His most recent book is The ABCs of Political Economy.
He is co-author with Michael Albert of The Political Economy of Participatory Economics
. He has been active in many social movements and organizations over the past forty years, most recently with the Southern Maryland Greens and Green Party USA.