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Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debt

Harker, Christopher and Horton, Amy (Eds). (2022) Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debt. [Book]. Global Prosperity in Thought and Practice. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In an era when many of us depend on debt to survive but struggle with its consequences, Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debt draws together current thinking on how to solve debt crises and promote inclusive prosperity. By profiling existing action by credit unions and community organisations, alongside bold proposals for the future, with contributions from artists, activists and academics, the book shows how we can rethink the validity and inevitability of many contemporary forms of debt through organising debt audits, promoting debt cancellation and expanding member-owned co-operatives. The authors set out legal and political methods for changing the rules of the system to provide debt relief and reshape economies for more inclusive and sustainable flourishing. The book also profiles community-based actions that are changing the role of debt in economic, social and political life – among them, participatory art projects, radical advice networks and ways of financing feminist green transitions. While much of the research and activism documented here has taken place in London, the contributors show how different initiatives draw from and generate inspiration elsewhere, from debt audits across the global south, creative interventions around the UK and grassroots movements in North America. Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debt moves beyond critique to present a wealth of concrete ways to tackle debt and forge the prosperous communities we want for the future.

Type: Book
Title: Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debt
ISBN: 9781800081871
ISBN-13: 978-1-80008-187-1
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800081871
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800081871
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Contributors 2022 Images © Authors and copyright holders named in captions, 2022 This book contains third-party copyright material that is not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence. Details of the copyright ownership and permitted use of third-party material is given in the image (or extract) credit lines. If you would like to reuse any third-party material not covered by book’s Creative Commons licence, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright owner. This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/. This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. If you wish to use the work commercially, use extracts or undertake translation you must seek permission from the author. Attribution should include the following information: Harker, C. and Horton, A. 2022. Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debt. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800081871 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http:// creativecommons.org/ licenses/
Keywords: prosperity, debt, economics, justice, equality
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10149799
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