The Co-operative City
From: Civilizing the State
The Co-operative City begins by looking at Spain in the twentieth century, leading up to the financial crisis of 2009-2011. The chapter then focuses on the 15-M movement as an experiment in direct democracy, and traces its impact on Spanish politics and government over time, particularly in Barcelona and particularly on the social economy and participatory democracy.
John Restakis is the former Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association and has been a consultant for co-op development projects in Africa, South America, and Asia. He is a practitioner, educator, and pioneering researcher in international co-operative economies and the author of Humanizing the Economy. He lives in Vancouver, BC.