Cooperatives the world over are successfully developing alternative models of decision-making, employment and operation without the existence of managers, executives and hierarchies.
Through case studies spanning the US, Latin America and Europe, including valuable new work on the previously neglected cooperative movement in Cuba, Peter Ranis explores how cooperatives have evolved in response to the economic crisis. Going further yet, Ranis makes the novel argument that the constitutionally enshrined principle of 'eminent domain' can in fact be harnessed to create and defend worker cooperatives.
Combining the work of key radical theorists, including Marx, Gramsci and Luxemburg, with that of contemporary political economists, such as Block, Piketty and Stiglitz, Cooperatives Confront Capitalism provides what is perhaps the most far-reaching analysis yet of the ideas, achievements and wider historical context of the cooperative movement.
Peter Ranis is professor emeritus in political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His current research interests include the uses of eminent domain on behalf of the working class and cooperative movements in the US, Argentina and Cuba. He has over eighty publications in various fields of social science in such journals as Monthly Review, Journal of Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Desarrollo Economico, Latin American Politics and Society, Labor Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, Socialism and Democracy, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Current History, Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, Journal of Caribbean Studies, Civilisations, Polity, New Political Science and America-at-Work. He has published four books, among them Class, Democracy and Labor in Contemporary Argentina (1995) and Argentine Workers: Peronism and Contemporary Class Consciousness (1992).
1. Why Worker Cooperatives? The Historical Underpinnings and Defense of Worker Cooperatives 2. The Role of the State and the US Social Economy 3. Worker Cooperatives in the Post-Occupy Digital Economy 4. Argentina's Cooperative Challenges and Breakthroughs 5. Argentina's Leading Edge 6. The Proliferation and Internationalization of the Argentine Cooperative Experience 7. Eminent Domain: Confronting the Loss of Jobs in the United States 8. Building Toward Worker Cooperatives by the Use of Eminent Domain in the United States 9. Cuban Cooperatives as a Gateway to Economic Democracy 10. Toward Worker Autonomy in the United States