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Chapter 5 A Libertarian Socialist Response to the ‘Big Society’: The Solidarity Economy

The Third Sector

ISBN: 978-1-78052-280-7, eISBN: 978-1-78052-281-4

ISSN: 2046-6072

Publication date: 8 November 2011

Abstract

Originality – An economy managed from the left based on libertarian political principles seems to be a novel experiment. We seek to illustrate what this may look like using the example of the present solidarity economy. However, we also emphasise that this would imply a reversal of the political programme of the ‘Big Society’. It would imply the redistribution of economic and political power not only from the state to local communities, but also from company directors and their shareholders in order to realise not a charitable but an economically empowered civil society.

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Frère, B. and Reinecke, J. (2011), "Chapter 5 A Libertarian Socialist Response to the ‘Big Society’: The Solidarity Economy", Hull, R., Gibbon, J., Branzei, O. and Haugh, H. (Ed.) The Third Sector (Dialogues in Critical Management Studies, Vol. 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 117-137. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2046-6072(2011)0000001015

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