Author: Leo Panitch
Translator(s)/ Edito: Leo Panitch / Colin Leys
ISBN/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.
Weather report: image from the climate crisis
Nature as accumulation strategy
The social and natural environment of fossil capitalism
The ecological question:
can capitalism prevail?
& Elinor Harriss
The politics of renewable
energy in the UK
who framed New Orleans?
& Minqi Li
and environmental crisis
& Philip Woodhouse
Africa: eco-populist utopias and (micro-) capitalist realities
Feeding the world: agriculture,
development and ecology
Water, money and power
The political economy
of the Kyoto protocol
Working more, selling more,
consuming more: capitalism’s
Social metabolism and
Frieder Otto Wolf
Party-building for eco-socialists:
Lessons from the failed project
of the German greens
The limits of eco-localism:
scale, strategy, socialism