Constructing a global commons in, against and beyond the state

Cumbers, A. (2015) Constructing a global commons in, against and beyond the state. Space and Polity, 19(1), pp. 62-75. (doi: 10.1080/13562576.2014.995465)

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The “commons” is emerging as one of the progressive political key words of our time. Against a backdrop of continuing neoliberal governance of the global economy, there is interest in a “translocal” global commons as an alternative that transcends both state and capitalist forms of appropriation. In this paper, I offer a constructive critique of the global commons. While sympathetic to arguments about the deficiencies of state-centric forms of socialist projects for emancipation, I nevertheless argue that realizing the commons vision of a more democratic politics means continuing engagement with the state, particularly for connecting up and scaling up local autonomous projects to achieve more transformative social change.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cumbers, Professor Andrew
Authors: Cumbers, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Space and Polity
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1470-1235
Published Online:25 February 2015

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