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* [[Commons as a Challenge for Classical Economics]] (2010)
* [[Commons as a Challenge for Classical Economics]] (International Commons Conference, 2010)
* [[Radical Implications of a Zero Growth Economy]] (2011)
* [[Radical Implications of a Zero Growth Economy]] (2011)

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Economics is a vast field, (see e.g. Wikipedia: Economics) of which only some sub-fields are relevant to P2P and the Commons. Our Economics category here either includes or overlaps with its sub-categories: Commons Economics; Circular Economy‎; Collaborative Economy‎; Commons Economics‎; Community Economics‎; EthicalEconomy‎; Solidarity Economy‎; and there is also some other material that is relevant to P2P economics more generally, even if not to one of the sub-categories.

For an overview of much of the large amount of relevant material on this wiki, see our Introduction to the P2P Foundation Wiki Material about Economics by Michel Bauwens.

Key Quotes

Tim Jackson: (2016)

"I have come to believe that building an economy that works is a precise, definable, pragmatic and meaningful task.

  • Enterprise as service,
  • work as participation,
  • investment as a commitment to the future and
  • money as a social good:

these four principles provide the foundations for a profound and much-needed transformation of society." [1]

For more quotes see Introduction to the P2P Foundation Wiki Material about Economics#Quotes

Key Concepts of This Category

Wikipedia suggests that Economics is "the social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services." The fundamental idea to grasp with respect to P2P and the Commons is that much mainstream economics is of little use in the world envisaged after a Commons Transition. Indeed, much of mainstream economics points us in what we see as a mistaken direction. Articles in this wiki tend to view established economic theory through the critical perspective of Commons and P2P.

Equally, different branches of Heterodox Economics have different degrees of relevance to the themes of this wiki.

Cutting through these differing approaches and worldviews, some authors, notably Kojin Karatani, see economic activity as evolving through different stages. The idea of Evolution of the Modes of Exchange suggests that the current market-dominated economy may transform into something where the Commons becomes more central and integral. Other historical perspectives can also help to make sense of economics from a P2P point of view.

While established economics sees much of economic life in terms of markets, producers and consumers, the P2P perspective tend towards integration and flexibility of roles, from the now recognised idea of the Prosumer, through to the confusably named idea of the Produser, who produces and uses.

Another key concept is Sharing, which contrasts with the ideas of leasing, renting or selling which are dealt with by orthodox economics.

Useful learning resources


Deeper Study

Related Categories

(For sub-categories, see below)


This category has the following 8 subcategories, out of 8 total.




  • Money(1,501 P, 1 F)



Pages in category "Economics"

The following 200 pages are in this category, out of 1,325 total.

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