The new democratic economy: an imaginary and real alternative

Martell, Luke (2020) The new democratic economy: an imaginary and real alternative. In: Fischer, Jessica and Stedman, Gesa (eds.) Imagined economies, real fictions: new perspectives on economic thinking in Britain. Culture and Theory, 210 . transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, pp. 139-156. ISBN 9783837648812

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An alternative economy is being built in the UK and beyond. It comes out of radical imagination, yet is material and real and draws on but breaks with previous paradigms. It is complex, detailed and practical, based in pluralities, governmental and civil society, political and eco- nomic, and in its regenerative capacities can appeal across the political spectrum. People are talking about it and doing it, from local govern- ments, to think tanks, academics, and national political parties, moving beyond globalisation and neoliberalism. But can something localised avoid parochialism and competition, represent the interests of the public as a whole and work nationally and beyond? Will the alternative econ- omy’s embeddedness across institutions and via plural actors protect it from reversal? Can the democratic economy survive as an imagine-and- do, not just imagining, approach?

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Democratic Economy, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party, Preston
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
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Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 09:24
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 13:04

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