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Critiquing Parecon (deadline extended)

We are still accepting articles and other material for this special issue…


Anarcho-Syndicalist Review ( is  planning a special issue on Participatory Economics, which continues to draw attention from many anarchists interested in how economic life might be organized in a post-revolutionary society. We are seeking book reviews, critiques and other material that engages Parecon both as economic theory and political practice. Among the materials we are interested in are an overall summary and critique of the proposal, using the major texts; reviews of recent work including Robin Hahnel’s Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation and Chris Spannos’s anthology, Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century; evaluation of Parecon’s strategy proposals; and a review of previous debates and criticisms. We welcome other ideas.

While the ASR editorial collective remains deeply critical of the Parecon project (as we have been from the start), we are open to materials from a variety of standpoints. Our goal is to offer a substantive review and assessment of what has become one of the best-known visions for implementing a libertarian socialist economy, as part of our ongoing series of articles exploring anarchist economics. We hope to receive submissions for this special issue by Dec. 15, 2011, and would be glad to discuss specific proposals with authors in advance.


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