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Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation (Pathways Through the Twenty-First Century) Paperback – March 1, 2005

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pathways Through the Twenty-First Century
  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415933455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415933452
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book fully deserves to become a key text in college courses on issues of economic justice and democratic political theory. Based firmly in the important, although historically neglected, libertarian socialist tradition, this text is an exceptionally comprehensive critical appraisal of late capitalism and the various attempts to create alternatives to it.

Robin Hahnel's principled, committed, non-dogmatic and thoroughly people-oriented approach to political economy is a refreshing and much-needed reboot on issues of democracy and justice that are still suffering the after-shocks of Cold-War era entrenched positions. Hahnel's socialism is of the thoroughly democratic variety that rejects both the compromise of essential principles for the sake of power that has often characterised social democracy, as well as the rigid, dogmatic positions of the authoritarian Left. The result is a powerful and convincing argument for a radically democratic model of society governed more fully "by the people and for the people", born of a flexible, pluralistic and principled approach to political-economy.

Readers of this book would also benefit from reading Michael Albert's "Parecon".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ben S. Leet on July 9, 2007
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The late Victorian artist William Morris wrote a short novel about a man waking up one morning into a socialist world. He was transported instantaneously into a new cultural and economic world where coins and money were artifacts suitable only for display in a museum. Robin Hahnel's book is a counterpart to this utopic dream,
but unlike fantasy, it is a thorough struggle and wrestling with the idea of how to transition from a competitive and profit-oriented economic system to a system based on need and cooperation and human sensitivity. He deals with history of socialist movements, past and present, small and large, with reforms in taxation, labor standards, labor bargaining power, global imbalances, living wages; and he covers the anticorporate and environmental and consumer-producer cooperatives and poverty movements. It is thorough. Admittedly it would be better just to wake up one morning into that utopia, but this book is about the next best thing. I am grateful he wrote it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joona-Hermanni Mäkinen on February 21, 2011
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Robin Hahnel critically examines capitalism in its many forms and communist central planning, and at the end of the book introduces the vision of participatory economics to the reader. Hahnel's writing is eloquent and also accessible. Hahnel's analysis on Scandinavian social democracies is especially important these days, when reforms based on free-market-ideology are spreading throughout social democracies in Europe.

If you want to learn about economics, this book is a must read.
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