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Full Employment and Social Justice

Solidarity and Sustainability

  • Michael J. Murray
  • Mathew Forstater

Part of the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity book series (BISP)

About this book


This edited collection investigates how full employment programs can sustain the economy and the environment, promote social justice, and reinvigorate local communities. The contributing authors focus on the formation of institutions to eliminate the opportunity gap for marginalized populations, enact environmentally sustainable methods of production and consumption, and rebuild local economies through education, training, and community redevelopment programs. They argue that the formation and implementation of a federally funded, locally operated Job Guarantee program is a vital component to address a variety of complex and interweaving concerns. Through the formation of alternative institutions and encouraging local economies, the Job Guarantee approach has the potential to alter economic, social, and political structures away from an exploitative market-oriented structure toward one that is refocused on humanity and the sustainability of the earth and its peoples, cultures, and communities.   


economic prosperity degrowth participatory democracy inequality Employer of Last Resort Public Sector Employment universal basic wage

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Murray
    • 1
  • Mathew Forstater
    • 2
  1. 1.Bemidji State UniversityBemidjiUSA
  2. 2.University of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas CityUSA

About the editors

Michael J. Murray is Associate Professor of Economics at Bemidji State University, USA, and a Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He co-edits the American Review of Political Economy and is co-editor of multiple volumes on the Job Guarantee. Murray's research focuses on public policies targeting the dual problems of unemployment and poverty. He also studies production theory, structural and technological change, and its impacts on employment.

Mathew Forstater is Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA; Research Director at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity; and Research Associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, USA. He is engaged in projects on employment and federal budget policy, using a historical, interdisciplinary approach to examine the potential role of full employment policies in the face of deficit reduction and continuous technological change.

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