Quotation Scharbert, Annika Regine, Leubolt, Bernhard, Scholz-Wäckerle, Manuel. 2014. Any alternatives left? From green narratives of change to socio-ecological transformative utopias. A cultural political economy framework. 1st Austrian Conference on International Resource Politics, Wien, Österreich, 04.12.-06.12.


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Any alternatives left? From green narratives of change to socio-ecological transformative utopias. A cultural political economy framework This contribution explores current narratives of 'Green Capitalism'. Theoretically grounded in a cultural political economy approach it discusses the question of hegemony. Thereby we understand the so-called greening of the economy as a hegemonic battle, where institutions occupy certain positions based on political economic interests and strategies. The hegemonic discourse treats nature as a financial asset and investment, always subject to capital accumulation. Differing visions oscillate between neo-conservative state capitalism, a distributional perspective following the Keynesian agenda and the Green New Deal. We suggest deconstructing this discourse based on a Marxist reading of capital and nature as social relations. We highlight the co-opting effect of the dominant strategy in these discursive manifestations. Employing the Gramscian notion of hegemony as a social structure that advances the interests of a specific social group but also offers the possibility of disequilibrium and change, we focus on the interplay of material capabilities, ideas and institutions. A coherence of these aspects plays a role in, on the one hand, the maintenance of power and, on the other, the shifting balance of power between state and non-state actors. The notion of transnational alliances, especially a transnational managerial elite, is central, recognizing the increasing importance of a multi-scalar understanding of economic policy and institutions.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Any alternatives left? From green narratives of change to socio-ecological transformative utopias. A cultural political economy framework
Event 1st Austrian Conference on International Resource Politics
Year 2014
Date 04.12.-06.12.
Country Austria
Location Wien
URL https://resourcefairness.univie.ac.at/

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Scharbert, Annika Regine (Former researcher)
Leubolt, Bernhard (Former researcher)
Scholz-Wäckerle, Manuel (Details)
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Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1426 Evolution (Details)
2928 Environmental economics (Details)
5000 Social Sciences (Details)
5119 Development policy (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5353 Environmental economics (Details)
5368 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5410 Cultural science (Details)
5411 Social philosophy (Details)
5415 Economic sociology (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
5924 Environmental economics (Details)
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