Manchester Capitalism is a series of books, which follow the trail of money and power across the systems of our failing capitalism. The books make powerful interventions about who gets what and why in a research based and solidly argued way that is accessible for the concerned citizen. They go beyond critique of neo liberalism and its satellite knowledges to re-frame our problems and offer solutions about what is to be done.
The series is published by Manchester University Press and edited by Manchester academics. Manchester was the city of Engels and Free Trade where the twin philosophies of collectivism and free market liberalism were elaborated. It is now the home of this venture in radical thinking that challenges self-serving elites. We see the provincial radicalism rooted here as the ideal place from which to cast a cold light on the big issues of economic renewal, financial reform and political mobilisation.
The most recent book in the series is Stuart Hodkinson’s Safe as Houses which presents a scrupulously researched study of PFI financed public housing regeneration schemes in London and shows that the Grenfell tragedy of 2017 was no accident. The next title is the Spatial Contract by Alex Schafran, Mathew Noah Smith and Stephen Hall. which takes an innovative urban systems approach to the foundational economy and introduces the important new concept of “reliance system”.
Our academic editors are Julie Froud and Karel Williams, our commissioning editor at MUP is Tom Dark. All are eager to discuss proposals for books which will build the series. In the first instance, interested authors should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our most recent critical commercial success was with Reckless Oppurtunists by Aeron Davies, published by Manchester University Press in 2018. His argument about self-serving elites has attracted a good deal of media attention, and an extract from the book was the Guardian newspaper’s Long Read on Tuesday, 27th of February 2018.
Our previous success was with The Econocracy by Joe Earle, Cahal Moran and Zach Ward-Perkins published in 2017 by MUP and now republished by Penguin. As undergraduate students at the University of Manchester, the three authors were founding members of the Post-Crash Economics Society and went on to play a key role in the founding of Rethinking Economics. In their book they argued not just for more pluralism in the education of economists, but also for democratisation to create a new kind of citizen economist.
The Econocracy was the fourth book in the Manchester Capitalism series. Earlier books had covered: the policy bias towards competition and markets, the British state’s persistence with outsourcing and the development of public private partnership in the global south. Nick Hildyard’s Licensed Larceny provides the definitive critique of private finance of infrastructure in the Global South and has reached a global activist audience through translation for Latin America and republication of an Indian edition.
Taken together the series makes the argument that post 1979 structural reform promised the market and delivered an extractive, financialised capitalism which benefits elites. As for ordinary citizens, they are confused by an econocracy which monopolises expert knowledge as they suffer growing problems about the supply of foundational goods and services necessary to everyday welfare.