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Albert, Michael (2022) 'Ecosocialism for Realists: Transitions, Trade-Offs, and Authoritarian Dangers.' Capitalism Nature Socialism. pp. 1-20. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Ecological Marxists have succeeded in developing compelling ecological critiques of capitalism and principles for alternative ecosocialist political-economies. However, they have devoted relatively little attention to strategic questions, such as: How might ecosocialist transitions take place? What are the challenges, trade-offs, and risks they would likely confront? And how may ecosocialists and allied movements best strategize to navigate them? In particular, these approaches are limited by two problematic tendencies, which I focus on in this essay: 1) an “abstract utopian” tendency that describes idealized ecosocialist futures without deeply considering how they might emerge; and 2) a tendency to ignore or downplay possible trade-offs, dilemmas, and dangers that ecosocialisms-in-transition would likely confront. In contrast, I propose what I call a “realist utopian” approach to ecosocialism, which will more deeply investigate the possible dynamics of ecosocialist transitions; the possible trade-offs, dilemmas, and dangers they would likely face; and how ecosocialists may best strategize to confront them.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Ecosocialism, degrowth, transitions, Green New Deal, authoritarianism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
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ISSN: 10455752
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/10455752.2022.2106578
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 18:37
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/37860

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