From Seattle to Porto Alegre, anti-capitalist protests have captured the headlines and the public imagination. Behind these dramatic eruptions of anger against global capitalism lie local, more individual stories of resistance, no less important for being less confrontational.
"Whether she's in Beswick or Brazil, Hilary Wainwright has gone in search of the questions to the key issues of our time - how can we gain access to the levers of power, democratise them and then use them to effect progressive change? She returns with answers free of dogma and full of insight, rooted in the experiences of those who know best - people shaping the future of their communities on the ground. Intelligent, well-written and painstakingly researched, it is a crucial contribution to the Left agenda." -- Gary Younge, Guardian "Hilary Wainwright draws on successful innovations in popular participation from throughout the world to make a convincing case for the viability of a genuine third way between the dead ends of liberal democracy and social democracy. This book is likely to become the intellectual flagship of the new politics movement." -- Walden Bello "examining recent events from England to Brazil, and Norway to China, Hilary Wainwright not only charts struggles for social gain but highlights the relations of knowledge and power that they unearth and produce ... to make an 'alternative world not only possible but real' requires examining our experiences, learning from them, and then charting new paths forward. Wainwright is courageously and energetically at work on the task." - Michael Albert, ZNET/ Z Magazine
Hilary Wainwright is the editor of Red Pepper, as well as a writer and broadcaster. She is a research fellow of the International Labour Studies Centre at Manchester University, the Centre for Global Governance at the London School of Economics and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Her previous books include Arguments for a New Left, Labour: A Tale of Two Parties and, with others, Beyond the Fragments.