Community asset transfer and strategies of local accumulation

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Community asset transfer enables local groups to own or manage a government owned facility and related services. For critics, it is merely an extension of roll-back neoliberalism, permitting the state to withdraw from welfare and transfer risk from local government to ill-defined communities. The paper uses quantitative and case study data from Northern Ireland to demonstrate its transformative potential by challenging the notion of private property rights, enabling communities to accumulate and creating local consumption circuits. It suggests that asset-led social enterprises are entangled in a mix of pro-market and alternative economic strategies which are necessarily traded off each other in the reproduction of social value. There is not an ethically pure form of asset transfer but the tactical adaptation of different modes of working, including the enhancement of state services as well as more independent forms of economic and social organisation. However, the analysis points to the political weaknesses of three specific projects and in particular, the lack of corporate working that has limited their reformist potential. The paper concludes by highlighting the implications for more progressive forms of social economics and the skills, finance and practices that facilitate local accumulation strategies.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1-20
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Early online date06 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 06 Jul 2017

Fingerprint

assets
social assets
economics
community
private property
neoliberalism
social organization
property rights
right of ownership
social economics
finance
local government
critic
welfare
market
lack
Values
Group
services
analysis

Cite this

@article{c2f84c611b3a44ff993ed8ff82443aeb,
title = "Community asset transfer and strategies of local accumulation",
abstract = "Community asset transfer enables local groups to own or manage a government owned facility and related services. For critics, it is merely an extension of roll-back neoliberalism, permitting the state to withdraw from welfare and transfer risk from local government to ill-defined communities. The paper uses quantitative and case study data from Northern Ireland to demonstrate its transformative potential by challenging the notion of private property rights, enabling communities to accumulate and creating local consumption circuits. It suggests that asset-led social enterprises are entangled in a mix of pro-market and alternative economic strategies which are necessarily traded off each other in the reproduction of social value. There is not an ethically pure form of asset transfer but the tactical adaptation of different modes of working, including the enhancement of state services as well as more independent forms of economic and social organisation. However, the analysis points to the political weaknesses of three specific projects and in particular, the lack of corporate working that has limited their reformist potential. The paper concludes by highlighting the implications for more progressive forms of social economics and the skills, finance and practices that facilitate local accumulation strategies.",
author = "Brendan Murtagh and Philip Boland",
year = "2017",
month = "7",
day = "6",
doi = "10.1080/14649365.2017.1347270",
language = "English",
pages = "1--20",
journal = "Social and Cultural Geography",
issn = "1464-9365",
publisher = "Routledge",

}

Community asset transfer and strategies of local accumulation. / Murtagh, Brendan; Boland, Philip.

In: Social and Cultural Geography, 06.07.2017, p. 1-20.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Community asset transfer and strategies of local accumulation

AU - Murtagh, Brendan

AU - Boland, Philip

PY - 2017/7/6

Y1 - 2017/7/6

N2 - Community asset transfer enables local groups to own or manage a government owned facility and related services. For critics, it is merely an extension of roll-back neoliberalism, permitting the state to withdraw from welfare and transfer risk from local government to ill-defined communities. The paper uses quantitative and case study data from Northern Ireland to demonstrate its transformative potential by challenging the notion of private property rights, enabling communities to accumulate and creating local consumption circuits. It suggests that asset-led social enterprises are entangled in a mix of pro-market and alternative economic strategies which are necessarily traded off each other in the reproduction of social value. There is not an ethically pure form of asset transfer but the tactical adaptation of different modes of working, including the enhancement of state services as well as more independent forms of economic and social organisation. However, the analysis points to the political weaknesses of three specific projects and in particular, the lack of corporate working that has limited their reformist potential. The paper concludes by highlighting the implications for more progressive forms of social economics and the skills, finance and practices that facilitate local accumulation strategies.

AB - Community asset transfer enables local groups to own or manage a government owned facility and related services. For critics, it is merely an extension of roll-back neoliberalism, permitting the state to withdraw from welfare and transfer risk from local government to ill-defined communities. The paper uses quantitative and case study data from Northern Ireland to demonstrate its transformative potential by challenging the notion of private property rights, enabling communities to accumulate and creating local consumption circuits. It suggests that asset-led social enterprises are entangled in a mix of pro-market and alternative economic strategies which are necessarily traded off each other in the reproduction of social value. There is not an ethically pure form of asset transfer but the tactical adaptation of different modes of working, including the enhancement of state services as well as more independent forms of economic and social organisation. However, the analysis points to the political weaknesses of three specific projects and in particular, the lack of corporate working that has limited their reformist potential. The paper concludes by highlighting the implications for more progressive forms of social economics and the skills, finance and practices that facilitate local accumulation strategies.

U2 - 10.1080/14649365.2017.1347270

DO - 10.1080/14649365.2017.1347270

M3 - Article

SP - 1

EP - 20

JO - Social and Cultural Geography

T2 - Social and Cultural Geography

JF - Social and Cultural Geography

SN - 1464-9365

ER -