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[Commlist] New Book: Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto

Thu Mar 21 21:27:36 GMT 2019

Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis and Alex Pazaitis

Not since Marx identified the manufacturing plants of Manchester as the blueprint for the new capitalist society has there been a more profound transformation of the fundamentals of our social life. As capitalism faces a series of structural crises, a new social, political and economic dynamic is emerging: peer to peer.

What is peer to peer? Why is it essential for building a commons-centric future? How could this happen? These are the questions this book tries to answer. Peer to peer is a type of social relations in human networks, as well as a technological infrastructure that makes the generalization and scaling up of such relations possible. Thus, peer to peer enables a new mode of production and creates the potential for a transition to a commons-oriented economy.


1. Introduction 2. P2P and a New System of Value Creation 3. P2P and New Socio-technological Frameworks 4. P2P and the Structure of World History 5. A Commons Transition Strategy Index 102pp


Communications; Social Theory; Political Economy; Economic Development


MICHEL BAUWENS is the Founder of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of
commons-based peer production, governance, and property..

VASILIS KOSTAKIS is the Professor of P2P Governance at Tallinn University of Technology and Faculty Associate at Harvard University. He is the founder of the P2P Lab and core member of the P2P Foundation.

ALEX PAZAITIS is a Core Member of the P2P Lab and a Junior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department, Tallinn University of Technology.

Published open access by the University of Westminster Press


PDF 978-1-911534-78-5 ePub 978-1-911534-79-2 Kindle 978-1-911534-80-8 DOI: 10.16997/book33 and in paperback 978-1-911534-77-8 UK  £13.99
US  $16.99 EUR €15.99

This book is published in the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies Series


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