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Reclaim the state - experiments in popular democracy
Hilary Wainwright
Paperback / softback
Seagull Books
UK Publication Date

From Seattle to Cancun, protest movements have taken centre stage in global politics. But if the momentum of these international movements is to grow, they must be rooted in local action to create greater democratic and economic justice in everyday life. Reclaim the State sets out on a quest to discover how people are creating new, stronger forms of democracy.

The journey starts in the deep south of Brazil, in Porto Allegre and the Workers Partys radical model for public investment decisions. In East Manchester - the origins of Britains industrial revolution - the governments promise of 'community-led' regeneration is tested as public money is used to rebuild shattered neighbourhoods. On the outskirts of the commuter town of Luton, ex-squatters and ravers join with established residents groups to take control of public resources and forge a new social economy. Finally, in Newcastle, council workers see off an attempt by British Telecom to take over local services and win the battle for a democratic public alternative.

Reclaim the State shows that the foundations for new political directions already exist, and provides imaginative and practical tools for building on them.

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Hilary Wainwright is the editor of Red Pepper, a regular commentator on radio and television, and a contributor to the Guardian. She is also a fellow of the International Labour Studies Centre at Manchester University, the Change Centre at the Manche ster

"Wainwright is primarily concerned to contest, rather than merely describe, processes of state domination and struggles against it. Thus, while the book is about the state, Wainwright's perspective is not state-centred - it is, refreshingly, written and researched from the perspective of activists engaging with the state 'from outside.' "

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research - Mike Geddes

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Democracy.|Political participation.|Political activists.
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