This research examines what the professionalization, transnational interconnection and regulation of ‘alternative’ economic practices in North-West Europe might imply for the ways citizenship is produced. My study focuses particularly on community currencies (CCs): locally designed money that circulates alongside national currencies and enables people to build social solidarity and strengthen local economies. These grassroots forms of economic exchange are swiftly expanding in Europe. Moreover, within the new governance paradigm of participatory citizenship and co-creation, CCs are developing an institutional infrastructure committed to include local authorities while also extending beyond national borders via transnational partnerships.
How will such political regulation affect the trajectory of ‘alternative’ finance in Europe? And how, in turn, will these economic practices transform political- and community engagement at various scales? By focusing on CCs members, policy-makers and experts in the UK, the Netherlands and France this multi-sited ethnographic research uncovers the pivotal role of financial practice in shaping citizenship.