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Research Interests
Political economy; Urban Processes; Property; States; Democracy; Post-neoliberalism

Research Area(s)
The Americas; Ecuador; Costa Rica

Jeremy Rayner’s research focuses on practices of democracy in political-economic context, with emphases on public and common property and urban processes. He has published in English and Spanish on land tenure and governance; exercises in direct democracy; the politics of taxation, Free Trade Agreements, and welfare states; the right to the city; theories of value; and historical and ethnographic approaches to political economy. He has co-edited two volumes, including, most recently, Back to the 30s? Recurring Crises of Capitalism, Liberalism, and Democracy with Palgrave MacMillan.

Before joining the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, he was on the faculty of the Center for Public Economics at the National Institute for Advanced Study (IAEN) in Quito, Ecuador, and served as researcher and sub-director at the National Center for Strategy on the Right to Territory (CENEDET, IAEN). He has also taught anthropology at undergraduate and graduate levels at Hunter College in New York and at California State University Northridge.

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