Citizenship is now a key battleground in the fight over the direction of personal and political morality, domestic and global policy, social justice and the spread of violence across the world. Market Citizenship: Experiments in Democracy and Globalization offers a compelling account of the past and future of citizenship. Drawing on a rich fund of empirical material, author Amanda Root analyzes a new paradigm of social relations: market citizenship.  

Market Citizenship
Market citizenship

The organizational and ideological changes outlined in the last two chapters — namely the idea that state structures are best if minimized and the belief that markets provide a benign economic and social influence — have become midwives to major structural changes to the state and to citizenship. Businesses and others have used outsourcing, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and the private finance initiatives (PFIs) to become providers of services previously the domain of the state. These mechanisms are not privatization as such — they involve a more complex system in which public sector bodies still commission or lease services or facilities, so the public sector can be said to remain as a ‘provider’ in a thin sense. Here, a description of the changes ...

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