Expose, Oppose, Propose

Alternative Policy Groups and the Struggle for Global Justice

William K. Carroll


A detailed empirical analysis of how certain NGOs develop alternative ways of organizing economic, political and social life.

Neoliberal capitalism positions us all as consumers in a hypermarket where money talks. For the majority of people around the globe, this translates as precarity and immiseration. But how can we break from this dominant ideological framework?

Expose, Oppose, Propose details how, since the mid 1970s, transnational alternative policy groups (TAPGs) have functioned as think tanks of a different sort, generating resources for a globalization from below in dialogue with the critical social movements that are protagonists for global justice.

Based on two years of intensive research, William Carroll not only provides a detailed examination of a variety of TAPGs – showing how each group is distinctive and autonomous in its vision, practical priorities, and ways of producing and mobilizing alternative knowledge – but also reveals how TAPGs form a master frame that advocates and envisages global justice and ecological wellbeing.

Author Bio

William K. Carroll teaches at the Sociology Department at the University of Victoria, Canada. His research interests are in the areas of social movements and social change, the political economy of corporate capitalism, and critical social theory and method. His books include The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class (Zed Books, 2010), Remaking Media (2006), and Organizing Dissent (1997).

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. Hegemony, Counter-hegemony and Organic Crisis
  • 2. Alternative Knowledge Projects and Cognitive Praxis with Elaine Coburn
  • 3. Networks of Cognitive Praxis: Embedding Postcapitalist Alternatives? with J.P. Sapinski
  • 4. Challenges and Responses
  • 5. The Challenge of NGOization with J.P. Sapinski
  • 6. The Repertoire of alt KPM: Modes of Cognitive Praxis
  • 7. The Repertoire of alt KPM: Key Practices
  • 8. Convergent Visions: The Ends of Alternative Knowledge


‘Chock-full of insights, William K. Carroll’s latest book is an immensely useful account of how major alternative think-tanks engage in their struggles for global justice.’
Markus S. Schulz, President of the 2016 ISA Forum of Sociology

‘His sociological scholarship is second to none in its blend of political passion and exemplary empiricism.’
Ariel Salleh, activist and author of Eco-Sufficiency & Global Justice

‘Brilliant and original … He fully recognizes that the global dimensions of the crises will require solutions that are at least partially global.’
Robert Albritton, York University, Toronto

‘An indispensable guide for anyone trying to create the basis for a just and viable future.’
Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley

'Carroll successfully shows that TAPGs (transnational alternative policy groups) and their responses to the ongoing crises, move us beyond the defensive politics of resistance and localism to a politics of antipassive revolution and counterhegemony at a global level.'


Publication Date: 15 July 2016
248 pages

Not available in: Canada

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783606030
Hardback: 9781783606047
eBook ePub: 9781783606061
eBook PDF: 9781783606054
eBook Kindle: 9781783606078

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