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Can degrowth rise to the challenge of confronting corporate power?

By: Charles Stevenson

19.09.2023

How to bring about social-ecological transformation, the subtitle to Degrowth & Strategy (2022), is a question as ambitious as Lenin’s What is to be done? (1901). Like the revolutionaries of the 20th century, the editors (Nathan Barlow, Livia Regen, Noémie Cadiou, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Max Hollweg, Christina Plank, Merle Schulken and Verena Wolf) do not shy away from the task at hand: steering society away from the current polycrisis towards social equity and ecological sustainability. Until now, far more attention has been devoted to what this transformation would resemble rather than how to make it happen. Indeed, degrowth’s reluctance to debate the merits of various means to this end has been termed ‘strategic indeterminance’ (Herbert et al. 2018). Degrowth & Strategy provides the first serious attempt to counter this tendency.

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Charles Stevenson

Charles Stevenson is an activist striving for social-ecological transformation through DebtForClimate.org. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in Degrowth: Ecology, Economics and Policy at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Aside from political strategy, his interests include critical macroeconomics, unequal exchange, and Modern Monetary Theory. You can write him at charles.n.stevenson@gmail.com or on Twitter @disobedientnerd.

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