The Case for Community Wealth Building

Joe Guinan, Martin O'Neill

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Our broken economic model drives inequality and disempowerment, lining the pockets of corporations while extracting wealth from local communities. How can we reverse this?

Joe Guinan and Martin O’Neill argue for an approach that uses the power of democratic participation to drive equitable development and ensure that wealth is widely shared. They show how this model – Community Wealth Building – can transform our economic system by creating a web of collaborative institutions, from worker cooperatives to community land trusts and public banks, that empower and enrich the many, not the few.

This book is essential reading for everyone interested in building more equal, inclusive, and democratic societies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
Number of pages142
ISBN (Print) 978-1-509-53903-1, 978-1-509-53902-4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2019


  • justice
  • social justice
  • community wealth building
  • community wealth
  • local government
  • city government
  • economic justice
  • procurement
  • democracy
  • equality
  • egalitarianism
  • cities
  • towns
  • socialism
  • social democracy
  • economic democracy
  • social equality
  • community
  • wealth
  • public policy
  • political economy

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