The Commons: Dispossession and Reclamation
From: Civilizing the State
The Commons: Dispossession and Reclamation begins with an examination of the loss of groundwater in Chennai, India, looking at the political, economic and land-use histories leading to it. The author introduces the concept of the commons and traces its relevance through the history of land and water management in Britain and India, as well as proposes solutions such as co-operatives.
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.