Generally known as 'associative economics', and more extensive in German than in English, a considerable literature exists based mainly on the work of Rudolf Steiner.
Steiner’s main text is a seminal course of lectures given in 1922, published in English originally as World Economy, and then in a revised edition (1993 and 1996) entitled Economics – the World as One Economy’. These lectures were given at the same time as the British economist, John Maynard Keynes, conceived his equally seminal work A Tract on Monetary Reform. In an introductory essay entitled, Rudolf Steiner, Economist, Christopher Houghton Budd outlines Steiner’s work in the broader sweep of economic history. Dr Houghton Budd has also provided a synopsis of Steiner's lectures.
Apart from his main work, Rudolf Steiner also spoke and wrote about economics in many other contexts, but these other texts are chiefly only available in German. Others have also taken up this work, including Marc Desaules in Switzerland, Udo Herrmannstorfer mainly in Germany and Switzerland, Gary Lamb in the USA, Marco Bertalot in Brazil, and Christopher Houghton Budd and Arthur Edwards in the UK. (These are mentioned because of their treatment of associative economics in terms of economics as such, coupled with their mainly apolitical approach, and in some instances because of the link made to accounting and finance. The last two also represent associative economics in mainstream academia.)
The Economics Conference has also provided the auspices for various publications, a chief characteristic of which is their collaborative basis:
2003 Step into Another World! Economic Life as a Medium for Initiation
Entrepreneur as Neophyte / The Sovereign Individual
Company as Temple / Rehabilitating the Company
Finance as Guardian / World Money…
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2003 A Human Response to Globalisation
Discovering Associative Economics Marc Desaules
2003 The Metamorphosis of Capitalism
Realising Associative Economics Christopher Houghton Budd
2009 Towards True Pricing and True Income
Contextualising ‘True Pricing’ / True Pricing instead of Basic Income / Towards True Pricing / True Pricing and the Role of Associations / Consciously Regulated Markets and Consumer Organisations / Can a Share Company act Associatively?
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2013 True Price = True Income / Marc Desaules
A talk given at the Goetheanum, 29 November 2013.
2013 True Price instead of Basic Income / Marc Desaules
Albeit more challenging than the basic income idea, in this succinct article the case for true pricing is made as a way of providing true income that is closer to Rudolf Steiner's economic analysis.
Note: In due course, it is hoped to create an online archive of all works related to associative economics. Various projects of this kind are already being developed in different parts of the world, but they are as yet uncoordinated.