Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy
The anticapitalist protests at Seattle and Genoa are dramatic symbols of a growing collective anger about the globalizing power of a few multinational corporations. But there is more to anticapitalism than demonstrations: concepts like participatory democracy and economic solidarity form the heart of alternative but equally compelling visions.
Hilary Wainwright, writer and long-time political activist, set out on a quest to find out how people are putting such concepts into practice locally and taking control over public power. Her journey starts at home, in east Manchester, where local community groups are testing Tony Blair’s commitment to ‘community-led’ regeneration by getting involved in the way government money is spent. In Newcastle, she joins a meeting of homecare workers and their clients to challenge the threat of privatization of homecare services in that city. In Los Angeles she talks to the people behind the community-union coalitions that have had major successes in improving the impoverished bus system and in winning a living wage for employees of firms contracted by the city. And in Porto Alegre she discovers the wider democratic potential of the participatory budget, the basis of investment decisions in many Brazilian cities. Local democracy and ‘people power’, it turns out, provided the foundations for a global alternative, as her visit to the World Social Forum reveals.
Wainwright concludes with a set of proposals for turning resistance into lasting institutions of participatory democracy – an embedded bargaining power against corporate and military elites. This, she argues, will require very different kinds of political parties from ones currently alienating voters. 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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Ostensibly a rejoinder to the neo-liberal celebration of the free market and the deregulation and privatization of government services, this book is really a left-wing attack on the social democratic welfare state. Wainwright (Arguments For a New Left) contends that social democracy is weak, inefficient, bureaucratic and captive to the very business interests it is supposed to tame. Echoing Friedrich Hayek's epistemological critique of state planning from the opposite ideological direction, she argues that social democracy imposes top-down social engineering that ignores the tacit, practical knowledge of ordinary people, and thus stifles the genius for self-government that resides in the masses. These problems are structural defects of representative democracy, which reduces people to passive observers of a contest between political elites, and can be cured only by a participatory democracy that enlists them in the detailed formulation and implementation of government programs. Wainwright examines a number of such"experiments," including a public sector union's campaign to stave off privatization in the city of Newcastle, and the internationally acclaimed"participatory budget" process in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Her somewhat uncritical and often disjointed discussion of these ventures often bogs down in a welter of acronyms. And the results are mixed; most of the plans are not yet implemented, and they involve prosaic initiatives on dreary matters many might wish could be taken care of by faceless state bureaucracies rather than popular mobilizations. Wainwright's populist valorization of"social movements" and disparagement of electoral politics are familiar New Left themes, but they often do not give social democracy its due.
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often way too dry despite very interesting ideas (and hopeful ones)
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