Research & Publications



Maliha Safri, Marianna Pavlovskaya, Stephen Healy & Craig Borowiak. Solidarity Cities: Confronting Racial Capitalism, Mapping Transformation (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2024)

This book maps and analyzes solidarity economies in three major cities along the east coast of the United States: Philadelphia, New York, and Worcester, Massachusetts. Using geospatial techniques in combination with in-depth interviews and surveys, the authors demonstrate that the spatial footprints and community roles of solidarity economies are much larger than most people think. Additionally, the authors examine how solidarity economies have developed in tension with racial and poverty fault lines that divide urban space. They highlight how solidarity economy initiatives act as bulwarks against gentrification, exploitation, and economic exclusion, as well as spaces for socially and politically transformative
encounters among people with different backgrounds.



Craig Borowiak, Richardson Dilworth, & Anne Reynolds (eds.),
Exploring Cooperatives: Economic Democracy and Community Development in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
(Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin-Extension, 2016)

Geared towards practitioners, this volume collects and compares diverse case studies of cooperatives in and around Philadelphia and Madison, Wisconsin.

Link to volume at the University of Wisconsin Press



Cover Accountability And Democracy

Accountability and Democracy: The Pitfalls and Promise of Popular Control (Oxford University Press, 2011)

This book explores different historical and theoretical approaches to the question of democratic accountability, domestically and globally. It explores democratic accountability not only as a source of popular control but also as a source of community building and as a source of radical democratic disruption.

Link to book at Oxford University Press

New and Ongoing Projects

For the past several years Craig has been researching the spread of solidarity economy practices worldwide. These practices and the transnational networks that surround them aim to forge alternative economies around principles of social solidarity, cooperation, and community-based development. He studies their potential and limitations as alternatives to mainstream capitalism and as reflecting counter-hegemonic forms of globalization. This research includes a collaborative NSF-funded project mapping and studying the spatial and economic footprint of solidarity economy organizations in the eastern United States. He has created a research website for more information about solidarity economy. He has also co-created a national mapping platform for the U.S. solidarity economy.

Solidarity Economy Resources website >

NSF grant – solidarity economy research >

U.S. Solidarity Economy Mapping Platform >

Select Article Publications

Craig Borowiak. “Algorithm Ethics: Interrogating Incentives in the Age of Uber.” Review of Political Science 50, No. 2 (2021): 95-105

Stephen Healy, Craig Borowiak, Marianna Pavlovskaya, Maliha Safri. “Commoning and the Politics of Solidarity: Transformational Responses to Poverty.” Geoforum 127 (2021): 306-315

Marianna Pavlovskaya, Craig Borowiak, Maliha Safri, Stephen Healy, and Robert Eletto. “The Place of the Common Bond: Can Credit Unions Make Place for Solidarity Economy,” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111, No. 4 (2019): 1278-1299

Poverty in Transit: Uber, Taxi Co-ops, and the Struggle over Philadelphia’s Transportation Economy,” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 51, No. 5 (2019): 1079-1100

Craig Borowiak and Minsun Ji. “Taxi Co-ops versus Uber: Struggles for Workplace Democracy in the Sharing Economy,” Journal of Labor and Society 22, No.1 (2019): 165-185

Craig Borowiak, Maliha Safri, Stephen Healy, Marianna Pavlovskaya. “Navigating the Fault Lines: Race and Class in Philadelphia’s Solidarity Economy,” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 50, No. 3 (2018): 577-603

Maliha Safri, Stephen Healy, Craig Borowiak and Marianna Pavlovskaya. “Putting Solidarity Economy on the Map,” Journal of Design Strategies 9, No.1 (Fall 2017): 71-83

Craig Borowiak, Vicky Funari, jesikah maria ross and Helen White. “Troubled Waters: Tracing Globalization and Waste in the Delaware River,” PS: Political Science & Politics 50, No. 1 (January 2017)

Mapping Social and Solidarity Economy: the Local and Translocal Evolution of a Concept,” in Social Economy in China and the World, edited by Ngai Pun,  Ben Hok-bun Ku, Hairong Yan, Anita Koo (NY: Routledge, 2015)

Political Theory in the Liberal Arts: How it’s Different and Why it’s not all the Same,” Polity 46 (2014): 107-114

Disorienting Cosmopolitanism: Democratic Accountability and the Politics of Disruption,” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory 20, No. 3 (2013): 372-387

The World Tribunal on Iraq: Citizens’ Tribunals and the Struggle for Accountability” New Political Science Vol. 30, No. 2 (June 2008): 161-186

“Review Essay: Theorizing Europe and its Divisions,” Political Theory Vol. 36, No. 1 (February 2008): 152-160

Accountability Debates: The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, and Democratic Deficits,” Journal of Politics Vol. 69, No.4 (November 2007): 998-1014

Farmers Rights: Intellectual Property and the Struggle Over Seeds,” Politics & Society Vol. 32, No. 4 (December 2004): 511-543

Tania Roy and Craig Borowiak. “Against Ecofeminism: the Splintered Subject of Agrarian Nationalism in Post-Independent India,” Alternatives: Global Local Political Vol. 28, No. 1, 2003: 57-90