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Podcast: All Things Co-op

People Power - Imagining a World without Bosses

In this episode of All Things Co-op, Kevin Gustafson and Cinar Akcin speak with sociologist, political scientist, author and documentary filmmaker Dario Azzellini. They discuss recuperated workplaces—workplaces that have been abandoned by private capitalist owners and taken over by workers and reorganized to be democratically controlled—and why the process of engaging in struggle with fellow workers builds an enduring ecosystem of trust.

Commune socialism: Self-management, popular power and autonomy in Venezuela

Commune socialism: Self-management, popular power and autonomy in Venezuela

Azzellini, Dario. “Commune socialism: self-management, popular power and autonomy in Venezuela.” Veltmeyer, H., & Ezquerro-Cañete, A. (Eds.). (2023). From Extractivism to Sustainability: Scenarios and Lessons from Latin America (1st ed.). Routledge.

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: Conference "Contesting Authoritarianism: Perspectives from the South"

Video: Panel „Alternative Democracies / Alternatives to Democracy“

Rosa Luxemburgo Stiftung. International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-strategies. Labour policies and worker’s struggles in authoritarian contexts | CAPS22

Panel „Alternative Democracies / Alternatives to Democracy“: the panel was part of the Conference „Contesting Authoritarianism: Perspectives from the South“ that happened in Berlin from 16 - 21 May 2022, with: 

Dario Azzellini

Chavismo: Revolutionary Bolivarianism in Venezuela

Chavismo: Revolutionary Bolivarianism in Venezuela

Azzellini, Dario. 2022. “Chavismo: revolutionary Bolivarianism in Venezuela.” van der Linden, Marcel (Ed.). The Cambridge History of Socialism. A Global History in Three Volumes. Vol. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 517-541.

Why platform capitalism is not the future of work

This article examines the assumptions behind the sociology of work and industrial relations literature on online labour-based platforms. This literature has critically examined working conditions and worker resistance in platform work, but it has done so without criticising what we call the ‘metanarrative of the platform economy’.

Podcast, 16:48 min

Why the music industry won’t be “Uberized” with Charles Umney and Dario Azzellini

Podcast: Why the music industry won’t be “Uberized” with Charles Umney and Dario Azzellini. Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change, University of Leeds, June 2022, 16:48 min

Dr Charles Umney and Dr Dario Azzellini discuss the limits to the platform economy, and why many occupations are unlikely to be ‘Uberized’, using the live music industry as an example.


Global and Transnational Sociology Summer School

Block II June 27 - July 07, 2022 (10 - 14 Uhr, 10 am - 2 pm)

Contemporary Global Social Movements

Dario Azzellini, Ph.D.


Course Description

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Class Struggle

Crises under capitalism tend to increase existing inequalities. This is also a consequence of the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global labor income decreased by an estimated 10.7 % (or US$3.5 trillion) in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the total combined wealth of the more than 2,200 official billionaires worldwide grew from $9.5 trillion on December 31, 2019 to an estimated US$11.4 trillion a year later.

Global Dialogue, GD 12.1 - April 2022


Universities and science are undergoing far-reaching changes as a result of their marketization or quasi-marketization under neoliberal governance. In this issue of Global Dialogue we take up this topic in our section ‘Talking Sociology.’ Jill Blackmore has been studying the profound restructuring experienced by Australian universities over the last decades. In this interview she elaborates on these restructurings, the forces that drove them, and the effects they have on academic knowledge production and epistemic justice.


Book launch event: “If Not Us, Who?: Workers worldwide against authoritarianism, fascism and dictatorship”

Launch event – Save the date: 

The aim of the launch event is to present the volume and dive deeper into some of the contributions by the authors, but also to take stock of global developments in the aftermath of the book’s release. Speakers will present their chapters, discuss the further evolution of their work, and participate in a Q&A session with the audience.

Venezuela Communes

Dario Azzellini tells Theresa Alt about communes in Venezuela.


I. International Congress Communal Democracy: "Community, popular power and self-government: practices to transform democracy"

I. International Congress Communal Democracy: "Community, popular power and self-government: practices to transform democracy"

Organized by: Peace with Dignity – Bakea Duintasunarekin / Parte Hartuz of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

In autumn 2021 (October 13-16), the First International Congress on Communal Democracy will be held in the town of Hernani (Basque Country). The aim of the Congress is to address concrete collective ideas and practices that question and seek to transform current models of democracy.

Dario Azzellini

Workers’ Control and Self-Management

Workers’ Control and Self-Management

43. Workers’ Control and Self-Management 

Dario Azzellini

Class Struggle from Above and from Below during the COVID-19 pandemic

Crises under capitalism, as historical analysis proves, tend to entail a transfer of wealth from the poor to the wealthy. Inequalities between poor and wealthy, between people of color and white people, between North and South and between genders are increasing. Most scholars will agree that this is also happening on a global level as a consequence of the handling of the covid-19 pandemic. However, there is a lot of disagreement regarding the evaluation of workers’ resistance.



Pierre Bismuth, Claus Föttinger, Julia Lazarus, Erik van Lieshout, Marina Naprushkina, Oliver Ressler, Anja Schrey, Jonas Staal, Joulia Strauss

Assembly RST

Peter Friedl, Dieter Froelich, Bhima Griem, Nadira Husain, Daniel Johnston, Shila Khatami, Anna Meyer, Peter Niemann, Dan Perjovschi, Elizabeth Peyton, Markus Schinwald, Stefanie von Schroeter, Markus Uhr, Silke Wagner, Johannes Wohnseifer, Christine Würmell

Artists from The Hope Project, Moria

According to political scientist and writer Dr. Dario Azzellini, Turkey isolates Abdullah Öcalan to show that it is futile to oppose the power

Dr. Azzellini: "Isolation on Imrali is aimed at silencing the society"

Being of Italian origin, born and raised in Germany, Dr. Dario Azzellini published numerous books and scientific articles on self-government, social movements and the working class.

Dario Azzellini

Venezuela: Revolutionary Bolivarianism Against the Colonial Nation-State

Venezuela: Revolutionary Bolivarianism Against the Colonial Nation-State

Azzellini, Dario. “Venezuela: Revolutionary Bolivarianism Against the Colonial Nation-State.” Cörüt, Ilker; Jongerden, Joost (Eds.). Beyond Nationalism and the Nation-State. Radical Approaches to Nation. London/New York: Routledge (May 2021). 1st Edition

Dario Azzellini & Nancy Holmstrom

Commons & Public Goods

Organized by The Center for Global Justice

Research/Learning for a Better World & Empowering a Solidarity Economy

Dario Azzellini

Communes in Venezuela in times of crisis

Communes in Venezuela in times of crisis

This book explores the battleground between neoliberal capitalist development processes in Latin America and the challenges to these systems that can be found through innovative community-driven buen vivir/vivir bien initiatives.

Global workers against authoritarianism, fascism, and dictatorships

If Not Us, Who?

If Not Us, Who?

Encouraging insights in the face of global turmoil: case studies from five continents illustrate the central role of organized workers in struggles against authoritarianism, fascism, and dictatorships.


Online Diskussion: Socialism in the 21st Century

The Center for Global Justice 

Online Diskussion: "Socialism in the 21st Century" / with Dario Azzellini, Michael Lebowitz & Camila Pineiro Harnecker

Monday, August 24, 2020 / 1 pm Central Time Zone (CTZ) / 2 pm Eastern Time Zone (ETZ) / 20:00 Central European Time (CET)

Vídeo - Webinar

Commons as Political Project: Commons and Just Transition in Our Times

Discussion with Hilary Wainright, Judith Dellheim, Dario Azzellini and Birgit Daiber

Vídeo - Webinar

The Commons vs "normality". Global Capitalism, Commodity Chains and Migration after Covid-19

World Social Forum

Webinar hosted by transform! europe


Webinar: Commons vs. "Normality". Global Capitalism, Commodity Chains and Migration after Covid-19

Commons vs. "Normality". Global Capitalism, Commodity Chains and Migration after Covid-19

8 June 2020 / 15:00 (CET) / Via Zoom 


Dario Azzellini, visiting scholar Latin American Studies Program, Cornell University, Ithaca (US), academic and activist. He has published more than 20 books, numerous other writings and 11 documentary films in the areas of critical labour studies and global social change with a special focus on Latin America and Europe.

Interview hit Dario Azzellini

Capitalism’s System Error as “Disaster” and Opportunity for Labor Struggles

Workers’ struggles play a special role during the ‘corona crisis.’ They bring to light that overcoming this crisis will depend on how the systemic errors of capitalism are countered. In this SILENT WORKS Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki ask scholar-activist Dario Azzellini: Will these errors just be corrected or will they provoke fundamental changes?