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CIPR Associate Fellows Contribute to New Book on the Occupy Wall Street Movement

March 23rd, 2012

Associate Research Fellows Nora Lustig and Eduardo Silva contributed a chapter to the “Occupy Handbook”, compiled and edited by Janet Byrne. The book, which is due out in April, assesses the origins of the Occupy movement, collects its lessons, and offers some prescriptions for the future. Lustig and Silva’s chapter, ¡Basta YA!: Chilean Students Say "Enough", analyzes the 2011 student mobilizations in Chile. The student protests, which garnered widespread support from Chilean society, have many characteristics in common with Occupy Wall Street. Consequently, the authors ponder whether the Occupy movement could derive positive lessons from the Chilean experience that could magnify its political impact.

Contributors to the Occupy Handbook include Paul Krugman, Robert Buckley, Michael Lewis, Jeffrey Sachs, Eliot Spitzer, and 48 others. The book will contain 67 essays and will also be published in Spanish. The Tulane New Wave has published an article about the Handbook, you can read it here.

Recent commentaries on the book:

"This fascinating collection explains why and how income and wealth inequalities have rightly climbed to the top of the policy agenda in so many countries. With multiple perspectives from both experts and activists, The Occupy Handbook contains valuable insights on the historical context, the formation of the popular movements, their impact, and what the future may hold. I suspect it won't be long before this handbook is viewed as the reference guide for understanding how an unstructured gathering of people in Zuccotti Park ended up providing the catalyst redefining policy imperatives around the world."
-Mohamed A. El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO and author of When Markets Collide

"More than a scrapbook of the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, The Occupy Handbook, a compilation by our best journalists, thinkers and economists, puts the story of America's revolt against inequality in welcome historical perspective. From the barricades of 1848, to the barrios of modern Chile, to the improbable campgrounds thrown together in the shadows of New York skyscrapers, the Handbook examines the budding question of whether democracy can foster a more equal, and also a more prosperous, society. Insightful pieces by Gillian Tett, John Cassidy, Bethany McLean and many more prepare you to think about the next outbreak of outrage and activism-which is only a matter of time."
-Roger Lowenstein, author of The End of Wall Street and When Genius Failed

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