Author: Leo PanitchColin Leys/Translator(s)/ Edito: Leo Panitch / Colin LeysPublisher: LeftWordYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 363ISBN/UPC (if available): 818749669X
This, the 43rd volume of the Socialist Register, has been one of the most challenging to put together, even though-or because-it deals with what may well prove to be the most important issue facing socialists in our life-time. This is not just a matter of the complex science and technology involved in understanding the looming environmental crisis, or the variety of problems involved. Over the past dozen or so years the Register has published some twenty essays pertaining to the environment, several of which have been widely cited. But when we decided to devote a whole volume exclusively to 'coming to terms with nature' the greatest challenge we faced was that the absence of a strong eco-socialist left is reflected in a corresponding lack of coherence in eco-socialist theory. We see this volume as contributing to the development of a better eco-socialist understanding of contemporary capitalism, and the kind of politics that could lead to an ecologically sustainable as well as a democratic socialism.
PrefaceBrenda LongfellowWeather report: image from the climate crisisNeil Smith Nature as accumulation strategyElmar AltvaterThe social and natural environment of fossil capitalismDaniel BuckThe ecological question:can capitalism prevail?Barbara Harriss-White & Elinor HarrissUnsustainable capitalism:The politics of renewable energy in the UKJamie PeckNeoliberal hurricane:who framed New Orleans?Dale Wen& Minqi LiChina: hyper-development and environmental crisisHenry Bernstein& Philip WoodhouseAfrica: eco-populist utopias and (micro-) capitalist realitiesPhilip McMichael Feeding the world: agriculture, development and ecologyErik SwyngedouwWater, money and powerAchim BrunnengraberThe political economy of the Kyoto protocolHeather Rogers Garbage capitalism’s green commerceCostas PanayotakisWorking more, selling more, consuming more: capitalism’s ‘third contradiction’Joan Martinez-AlierSocial metabolism and environmental conflictsMichael Lowy Eco-socialism and democratic planningFrieder Otto Wolf Party-building for eco-socialists:Lessons from the failed project of the German greensGreg Albo The limits of eco-localism: scale, strategy, socialism