• The Politics of Ecosocialism

  • 10 Nov 15 Posted under: Ecology , Transformative Strategies
  • Published with support of transform! europe

    The Politics of Ecosocialism. Transforming welfare
    Edited by Kajsa Borgnäs, Teppo Eskelinen, Johanna Perkiö, and Rikard Warlenius
    London/New York: Routledge 2015
    212 pages

    As the global economy seeks to recover from the financial crisis and warnings about the consequences of climate change abound, it is clear that we need a fundamentally new approach to tackle these issues. This book offers a unique perspective, stressing the necessity of both ecological and social change as it discusses how to create a "red-green" or "eco-socialist" society.

    Examining the current crises of welfare capitalism as well as the challenges and conflicts of an eco-socialist society, the book proposes a new social order that would combine the ideals of egalitarianism andof environmental sustainability. It analyses the key social and ecological issues related to the welfare state, including green Keynesianism, ecological Marxism, the limits of growth and no-growth, capitalist barriers to a renewable energy transition, proposals for a universal basic income and the role of technology. Finally, the book outlines possible paths of transformation towards creating an eco-socialist society, drawing out lessons that can be applied internationally.

    For book order click here.

    Find here the report of the publication event in the frame of the international seminar “The Climate Change and Left Politics”, hold in Helsinki on 24 October 2015, organised by the Left Forum (Vasemmistofoorumi) in collaboration with transform! europe.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction by Kajsa Borgnäs, Teppo Eskelinen, Johanna Perkiö, Rikard Warlenius 

    Part 1: The Scene

    Kajsa Borgnäs: Marxist Crisis Theory and the Global Environmental Challenge

    David Eklind Kloo: The Sustainability of Welfare Capitalism: Redefining institutions and agency

    Ville Lähde: Politics in a World of Scarcity

    Part 2: The Challenge

    Fredrik Sjögren: Technology and Sustainability in the Light of Questions of Determinism

    Rikard Warlenius: A Renewable Energy Transition: Capitalist barriers, socialist enticements

    Teppo Eskelinen: Possibilities and Limits of Green Keynesianism

    Tero Toivanen: Commons Against Capitalism

    Part 3: Strategy and Agency

    Johanna Perkiö: Universal Basic Income: A cornerstone of the new economic order

    Shora Esmailian: Out of the Frying Pan: People on the move in a warmer world and how to receive them

    Andreas Ytterstad: Climate Jobs as Tipping Point: Norwegian grassroots challenging the oil and climate change hegemony

    Andreas Malm: Socialism of Barbeque, War Communism or Geo-engineering: Some thoughts on choices in a time of emergency

    Afterword: John Bellamy Foster

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