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Gavin Shuker, Oliver Escobar, Andrew Gamble

Summer 2016
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Adam Klug, Emma Rees, James Schneider

Summer 2016

Across the United States a growing number of communities are experimenting with innovative ways to create a more equal, democratic, and community based economy from the ground up.

Martin O’Neill speaks to Councillor Matthew Brown about Community Wealth-Building and Alternative Economic Strategies in Preston.

This special issue explores some of the ways in which austerity can be construed as capturing, shaping, and (dis)organising the future. It addresses the futures that austerity has begun to assign to certain subjects and to embed in the societies they live in.

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Rebecca Bramall, Jeremy Gilbert, James Meadway

This is the edited transcript of a conversation between Rebecca Bramall, editor of this special issue, Jeremy Gilbert, editor of New Formations, and James Meadway, who at the time was chief economist of the New Economics Foundation and is currently advising shadow chancellor the exchequer John McDonnell in a consultancy capacity.

Reviews by David Glover, Sarah L. Webb, Richard Eldridge, Ben Highmore and Joseph Darlington

Podemos - In the name of the people

'A compelling book ... this is an invaluable resource for those of us determined to build a different society.' Owen Jones 'This incisive and compelling analysis of the current historical conjunction is a must read for theorists, activists and anyone interested in contemporary struggles.'  Marina Prentoulis, Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics, University of East Anglia Íñigo Errejón, Political Secretary of Podemos, discusses with political theorist Chantal Mouffe the political strategy that underpinned the development of Podemos in Spain, and explores the possibilities for a new left politics that might emerge out of these developments.

In introducing a series of articles that explore positive and programmatic alternatives to neoliberalism, Michael Rustin points to its links with After Neoliberalism: the Kilburn Manifesto, the main focus of which was to analyse and expose the workings of neoliberalism.

Housing is an area where neoliberalism has been successful in shifting attitudes away from the notion that it is the business of the state to make provision for adequate homes for all, and towards the idea that housing should be seen as a market: i.e. the state has no business in subsidising the poor through providing affordable housing, or in regulating the private sector.

Identity politics is often misrepresented as undermining our ability to forge a sense of our collective humanity, leaving us trapped in single-issue debates and unable to develop meaningful connections outside of our group. Roshi Naidoo argues that the opposite is true: it is through, rather than in spite of, identity that we can find solidarity, connection and a more profound sense of humanity that embraces rather than suppresses difference in the name of a greater good.

Hermann Weber, the Mannheim University-based doyen of communist studies, died on 29 December 2014; he was 86 year of age. Weber’s impact on the study of communism was given a special significance by the country’s cold-war division on Europe’s front line between East and West; and his work had the insights of a former communist ‘insider’ who had broken with a system he soon recognised to be a dictatorship over the party and society.

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James Stafford, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite

Spring 2016

Labour, and the left, are in a mess, and there are no easy answers. Recognising this is a precondition for the renewal we need.

In his new book, A Better Politics, Danny Dorling asks what policies emerge when we take happiness as the priority for politics and economics.

This piece aims to demonstrate that now is not the time for the international Left to be disputing the Rojava revolution and whether it fits their theoretical framework, but to instead show communitarian solidarity with the Rojavans in what is arguably a fight for freedom and popular democracy against the forces of fascism.

Informed by anarchism, this article raises the possibility of viewing the state per se as a system of domination, oppression, appropriation and exclusion, one that is interwoven with other systems and influences them as much as they influence the state.

Euromemorandum 2016 critically reviews economic policy in the EU in 2015. It argues that the current slight easing of fiscal pressure should be replaced by co-ordinated fiscal expansion. It also discusses the EU democratic deficit with special reference to Greece, as well as migration, youth unemployment and TTIP.

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