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eBook: Fearless Cities: A Guide to the Global Municipalist Movement compiled by Barcelona en Comu

A far-reaching insight into new forms of democracy and politics through the emerging municipalist movement.
Fearless Cities is compiled by Barcelona en Comú, which was set up in 2014 and has been governing the city of Barcelona since 2015. It is written in collaboration with the other municipalist platforms from across the globe featured in the book (including London's Take Back the City).

Length: 216 Pages
Language: English
Publisher: New Internationalist
Size: 21.6cm x 13.8cm

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A guide to winning back our towns and cities from below by municipalist platform Barcelona en Comú.

In a world in which fear and insecurity are being twisted into hate, and inequalities, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise, a renewed municipalist movement is standing up to defend human rights, radical democracy and the common good. In 2015 in Spain, housing rights activist Ada Colau was elected mayor of Barcelona, and movements from the squares won local elections across the country on manifestos pledging to tackle corruption and radicalize democracy.

In the United States, cities are on the front line of resistance to Trump, standing up for diversity, women’s and LGBTI rights, and working to tackle climate change. In Turkey and Syria, Kurdish democratic confederalism is a beacon of participatory democracy, feminism and human rights in a sea of violence and discrimination. In Latin America, new municipalist movements are springing up and working to fight poverty and inequality by building economic alternatives from below.


  • The theoretical underpinnings of municipalism, including the movement’s role in feminizing politics and stopping the far right. 
  • Examples of real radical policies being implemented in town and cities across the world to guarantee the right to housing, remunicipalize basic services and democratize decision-making. 
  • Practical organizing strategies and tools from municipalist platforms, from how to draw up a participatory manifesto to how to crowdfund or hold a neighbourhood assembly. 
  • Profiles of 40 pioneering municipalist platforms from around the world.

About the authors:

Debbie Bookchin is author of The Next Revolution, and an award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New York Times.

Ada Colau has been mayor of Barcelona since June 2015, the first woman to hold the office. She is the main spokesperson for Barcelona en Comu, which defends social justice and community rights, promotes participatory democracy and tackles corruption.

Paperback Length: 216 Pages Language: English Publisher: New Internationalist Size: 21.6cm x 13.8cm

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ISBN 9781780265049
Manufacturer New Internationalist
Values and causes New Internationalist
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