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 innovative 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 and of 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.
This book will be of great interest to students and researchers in economics, environmental studies and political science.
Table of Contents
Introduction Kajsa Borgnäs, Teppo Eskelinen, Johanna Perkiö and Rikard Warlenius Part 1: Yhe Scene 1. Marxist Crisis Theory and the Global Environmental Challenge Kajsa Borgnäs 2. The Sustainability of Welfare Capitalism: Redefining institutions and agency David Eklind Kloo 3. Politics in a World of Scarcity Ville Lähde Part 2: The Challenge 4. Technology and Sustainability in the Light of Questions of Determinism Fredrik Sjögren 5. A Renewable Energy Transition: Capitalist barriers, socialist enticements Rikard Warlenius 6. Possibilities and Limits of Green Keynesianism Teppo Eskelinen 7. Commons Against Capitalism Tero Toivanen Part 3: Strategy and Agency 8. Universal Basic Income: A cornerstone of the new economic order Johanna Perkiö 9. Out of the Frying Pan: People on the move in a warmer world and how to receive them Shora Esmailian 10. Climate Jobs as Tipping Point: Norwegian grassroots challenging the oil and climate change hegemony Andreas Ytterstad 11. Socialism of Barbeque, War Communism or Geo-engineering: Some thoughts on choices in a time of emergency Andreas Malm 12. Afterword John Bellamy Foster
Kajsa Borgnäs is a PhD student at the Economic and Social Science Faculty at the University of Potsdam, Germany.
Teppo Eskelinen is a researcher of social sciences at the University of Eastern Finland.
Johanna Perkiö is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tampere, Finland.
Rikard Warlenius is a doctoral candidate at Lund University, Sweden.