Category: Political Action

Sexuality and Socialism

Haymarket Books | July 29, 2014 | 333 pages
The movement for LGBT rights has greatly expanded sexual freedom, but many challenges confront this struggle for equality. Sherry Wolf offers a Marxist analysis that links today's struggles for equal rights to a future based on genuine liberation.  More Info

Understanding Tahrir Square

Brookings Institution Press | March 10, 2014 | 258 pages
Amid the current turmoil in the Middle East, Understanding Tahrir Square sounds a rare optimistic note. Surveying countries in other parts of the world during their transitions to democracy, author Stephen Grand argues that the long-term prospects in many parts of the Arab world are actually quite... More Info

The Bubble Economy

Mit Press | July 29, 2014 | 386 pages
The global economy has become increasingly, perhaps chronically, unstable. Since 2008, we have heard about the housing bubble, subprime mortgages, banks "too big to fail," financial regulation (or the lack of it), and the European debt crisis. Wall Street has discovered that it is more profitable... More Info

Liberating Temporariness?

June 1, 2014 | 360 pages
An in-depth and wide-ranging critique and analysis of the rising tide of temporariness in political and social life.  More Info

Transforming power

Penguin Global | March 10, 2009 | 277 pages
Veteran activist Judy Rebick explains in Transforming Power how globalization and mass-communication technology are revolutionizing our understanding of power and producing profound new ideas about social and political life.  More Info

The Great Degeneration

Penguin Group USA | June 24, 2014 | 192 pages
A searching and provocative examination of the widespread institutional rot that threatens our collective future What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior.... More Info

The People's Platform

Random House Canada | March 4, 2014 | 288 pages
From a cutting-edge cultural commentator and documentary filmmaker, a bold and brilliant challenge to cherished notions of the Internet as the great democratizing force of our age. The Internet has been hailed as a place where all can be heard and everyone can participate equally. But how true is... More Info

Stuff Theory

Bloomsbury USA Academic | March 27, 2014 | 288 pages
Stuff, the hoard of minor objects which have shed their commodity glamor but which we refuse to recycle, flashes up in fiction, films and photographs as alluring, unruly reminder of how people and matter are intertwined. Stuff is modern materiality out of bounds that refuses to be contained by the... More Info

Good-Bye Hegemony!

February 1, 2014 | 208 pages
Many policymakers, journalists, and scholars insist that U.S. hegemony is essential for warding off global chaos. Good-Bye Hegemony! argues that hegemony is a fiction propagated to support a large defense establishment, justify American claims to world leadership, and buttress the self-esteem of... More Info

The Bright Continent

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | July 29, 2014 | 272 pages
A Nigerian-American journalist attempts to dispel the warring, impoverished and pitiful images of Africa so prevalent in the media with the joyful and innovative country she knows by highlighting the commercial opportunities and technological innovations to be found there. 25,000 first printing.  More Info

The Method of Freedom

A K PressDistribution | February 18, 2014 | 330 pages
Designed as a companion volume to the ten-volume set of Malatesta's Complete Works (forthcoming),The Method of Freedom collects Malatesta's most enduring long-form essays - including 'Anarchy' and 'Our Program' - together with previously un-translated articles from the numerous journals he edited... More Info

Labor Movements

Polity | April 21, 2014 | 200 pages
Fewer than 12 percent of U.S. workers belong to unions, and union membership rates are falling in much of the world. With tremendous growth in inequality within and between countries, steady or indeed rising unemployment and underemployment, and the marked increase in precarious work and migration,... More Info

Protest Inc.

Polity | March 31, 2014 | 200 pages
Mass protests have raged since the global financial crisis of 2008. Across the world students and workers and environmentalists are taking to the streets. Discontent is seething even in the wealthiest countries, as the world saw with Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Protest Inc. tells a disturbingly... More Info

Global Governance at Risk

Polity | November 4, 2013 | 272 pages
This is a major new collection examining the economic and political challenges currently faced by multilateral and transnational governance institutions.  More Info

The Welfare State Reader

Polity | December 31, 2013 | 504 pages
The Welfare State Reader has established itself as a vital source of outstanding original research since its original appearance in 2000. In the third edition, Pierson, Castles and Naumann have comprehensively overhauled the content, bringing it wholly up to date with contemporary discussions about... More Info

The Politics of Global Supply Chains

Polity | January 13, 2014 | 224 pages
The Politics of Global Supply Chains analyses the changing politics of power and distribution within contemporary global supply chains. Drawing on over 300 interviews with farmers, workers, activists, businesses and government officials in garment and coffee sector supply chains, the book shows how... More Info

What is a Social Movement

Polity | April 21, 2014 | 176 pages
Social movements play a central role in the scope and direction of social change. They were instrumental in the creation of the modern state and, today, are major forces in politics and culture. Environmentalism, gay rights, alterglobalization, and Islamic fundamentalism are all movements with... More Info

Immigration Economics

Harvard University Press | June 9, 2014 | 296 pages
Nearly 3% of the world's population no longer live in the country where they were born. George Borjas synthesizes the theories, models, and econometric methods used to identify the causes and consequences of international labor flows, and lays out with clarity a full spectrum of topics with crucial... More Info

Signs and Machines

Semiotext | April 1, 2014 | 280 pages
"Capital is a semiotic operator": this assertion by Félix Guattari is atthe heart of Maurizio Lazzarato's Signs and Machines, which asks us to leavebehind the logocentrism that still informs so many critical theories. Lazzarato calls instead for anew theory capable of explaining how signs function... More Info

The Empire Within

McGill Queens Univ | March 25, 2010 | 303 pages
"This book has been published with the help of a grant from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, through the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, using funds provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada." "McGill-Queen's University Press... More Info

Freedom Vs Necessity in International Relations

April 16, 2013 | 224 pages
Chandler provocatively argues that human-centred approaches have limited rather than expanded the transformative possibilities available to us, and if real change is to be achieved - both at a local and a global level - then a radical re-think in Western thought is required.  More Info

Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South

May 1, 2014 | 240 pages
After three decades of privatization and anti-state rhetoric, government ownership and public management are back in vogue. Corporatization has been a particularly popular form of public enterprise, creating services that are fully owned and operated by the state but function with a degree of... More Info

Capitalism in the Age of Globalization

By Amin
March 6, 2014 | 192 pages
Samir Amin is, and remains, one of the world's most influential thinkers about the changing nature of capitalism and North-South relations. In this highly prescient book, originally published in 1997, he provides a powerful analysis of the new and very different era which capitalism entered... More Info

Global Governance and the New Wars

March 6, 2014 | 320 pages
In this hugely influential book, originally published in 2001 but just as - if not more - relevant today, Mark Duffield shows how war has become an integral component of development discourse. Aid agencies have become increasingly involved in humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution and the... More Info

The Fourth Revolution

Penguin Press | May 15, 2014 | 320 pages
From the bestselling authors of The Right Nation, a visionary argument that our current crisis in government is nothing less than the fourth radical transition in the history of the nation-state Dysfunctional government: It’s become a cliché, and most of us are resigned to the fact that nothing... More Info

The Violence of Development

March 24, 2014 | 240 pages
The Violence of Development examines the failure of 'development' in Central America, where despite billions of dollars of development funding and positive indicators of economic growth, poverty remains entrenched and violence endemic. Martin Mowforth shows how development is predicated on force... More Info

Other People's Houses

Yale University Press | July 29, 2014 | 416 pages
The author offers his view as to how the financial crisis of 2008 developed and why it could happen again.  More Info

Let freedom reign

Interlink Pub Group Inc | February 10, 2010 | 136 pages
This collection marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison and analyzes the linguistic features, content and context of Mandela's speeches.  More Info


May 13, 2014 | 230 pages
Praise for Arundhati Roy's Field Notes on Democracy: "Gorgeously wrought . . . pitch-perfect prose. . . . In language of terrible beauty, she takes India's everyday tragedies and reminds us to be outraged all over again."?Time "In her searing account, Roy asks whether our shriveled forms of... More Info


May 13, 2014 | 336 pages
You may have heard rumours of great changes in Asia. In Capital, a novelist takes you on an intimate tour of an erupting Asian megalopolis: Delhi, capital of India. Speaking to billionaires and slum dwellers, drug dealers and bureaucrats, psychoanalysts and metal traders, he paints a dazzling... More Info

Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)

Verso | May 1, 2014 | 332 pages
The famed labor and environmental justice activist presents a cautionary assessment of the American union movement that notes the current low membership of unionized private-sector workers while sharing the stories of her victories, revealing current conflicts in organized labor and making... More Info

Realizing Hope

February 4, 2014 | 256 pages
Someone once said that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism. Michael Albert would disagree. Realizing Hope offers a speculative vision of a future beyond capitalism - an alternative to the exploitation of human labour, the unchecked destruction of the... More Info

Reclaiming Development

February 4, 2014 | 256 pages
There is no alternative to neoliberal economics. In 2004 americanisation and globalisation were and to a large degree still are the driving assumptions within the international development policy establishment. Reclaiming Development confronts the validity of this neoliberal development model... More Info


Chelsea Green Publishing | April 1, 2014 | 368 pages
As we dig, drill, and excavate to unearth the planet’s mineral bounty, the resources we exploit from ores, veins, seams, and wells are gradually becoming exhausted. Mineral treasures that took millions, or even billions, of years to form are now being squandered in just centuries–or sometimes... More Info

Ai Weiwei: Spatial Matters

Mit Press | July 29, 2014 | 512 pages
Outspoken, provocative, and prolific, the artist Ai Weiwei is an international phenomenon. In recent years, he has produced an astonishingly varied body of work while continuing his role as activist, provocateur, and conscience of a nation. Ai Weiwei is under "city arrest" in Beijing after an... More Info

How Will You Measure Your Life?

HarperBusiness | May 15, 2012 | 240 pages
Akin to The Last Lecture in its revelatory perspective following life-altering events, "How Will You Measure Your Life?" presents a set of personal guidelines that have helped the author find meaning and happiness in his life.  More Info

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

W. W. Norton & Company | March 31, 2014 | 288 pages
Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets. Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that,... More Info

Beautiful Trouble

February 10, 2014 | 474 pages
From Cairo to cyberspace, from Main Street to Wall Street, today?s social movements have a creative new edge that?s blurring the boundaries between artist and activist, hacker and dreamer. But the principles that make for successful creative action rarely get hashed out or written down. Until now.... More Info

Direct Struggle Against Capital

A K PressDistribution | March 18, 2014 | 680 pages
This compelling collection of Peter Kropotkin's work helps recast him as the innovative revolutionary he truly was.  More Info

Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism

Oxford University Press | March 14, 2014 | 352 pages
"What I am seeking here is a better understanding of the contradictions of capital, not of capitalism. I want to know how the economic engine of capitalism works the way it does, and why it might stutter and stall and sometimes appear to be on the verge of collapse. I also want to show why this... More Info


Belknap Press | July 29, 2014 | 280 pages
Income inequality, displaced and imprisoned populations, destruction of land and water: today's dislocations cannot be understood in the usual terms of poverty and injustice, Saskia Sassen argues. They are more accurately understood as expulsions--from professional livelihood, from living space,... More Info


May 9, 2014 | 400 pages
Blayne Haggart follows the WIPO treaties from negotiation to implementation from the perspective of three countries: the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  More Info

Tragedy in the Commons

Random House Canada | April 15, 2014 | 288 pages
The founders of the influential think tank Samara ask former members of Parliament what has gone wrong with our democracy, and how it can be fixed. aaaaaTalk to any Canadian about politics and you'll hear little but frustration and bewilderment. Canadians don't see their politicians working for... More Info


Arsenal Pulp PressLtd | May 1, 2014 | 256 pages
An anthology of essays, interviews and photographs on the intersection between craft and activism.  More Info

Beautiful Trouble

February 10, 2014 | 146 pages
From Cairo to cyberspace, from Main Street to Wall Street, today?s social movements have a creative new edge that?s blurring the boundaries between artist and activist, hacker and dreamer. But the principles that make for successful creative action rarely get hashed out or written down. Until now.... More Info


Signal Books | April 8, 2014 | 272 pages
Now available in paperback, an examination of the zeitgeist of both the exploding entrepreneurial movement and the concern about the economy tilted too heavily toward services and other intangibles -- by a leading technology expert, and bestselling author of The Long Tail. What happens when DIY... More Info


Lorimer | April 1, 2014 | 224 pages
Hard-headed but idealistic people around the globe -- both those in high offices and ordinary citizens -- are ridding the world of war  More Info

The Power of Market Fundamentalism

July 29, 2014 | 312 pages
What is it about free-market ideas that gives them staying power in the face of such failures as persistent unemployment, widening inequality, and financial crises? The Power of Market Fundamentalism extends economist Karl Polanyi's work to explain why these dangerous utopian ideas have become the... More Info

Two Cheers for Anarchism

March 1, 2014 | 200 pages
James Scott taught us what's wrong with seeing like a state. Now, in his most accessible and personal book to date, the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, Two... More Info

The Revolution Will Not be Funded

July 29, 2014 | 257 pages
Fund and destroy: the Non-Profit Industrial Complex.  More Info