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Participatory Session: Degrowth and the State

Ignoring, Transforming or Overcoming Modern Government?

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Degrowth activists and thinkers relate to the state and to governments very differently: Some see the state as a key actor in the social-ecological transformation of society, others argue that its a conflictual terrain that should be put under pressure by social movements. Some fight against the state, which in their view should be abolished, and still others think the state should simply be ignored. These questions are complicated by the fact that modern states are fundamentally built on economic growth, both ideologically and in terms of funding public budgets.
In this session, we discuss the different relationships to the state / government that exists within the degrowth movement and what a future vision of this governing structure could be. How do degrowth thinkers and activists refer to the (nation-)state? How are existing concepts and ideas influenced by different democratic and revolutionary traditions (e.g. anarchism, socialism, communism)? What are the appropriate geographical levels for decision-making (city-region-country-continent)?
In this session, we will have short inputs by three speakers representing different perspectives on degrowth. They will then relate to each other. Next, we will ask all participants to shortly exchange and to hand in questions in a written format. We will cluster and select the questions and then have answers from the panel speakers as well as the audience.
Speakers
Annika Lillemets (Swedish greens)
Vincent Liegey (Degrowth France / Budapest)
Giacomo D’Alisa (Center for Social Studies(CES) - University of Coimbra)
Nina Treu (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, Germany; facilitation)

Info

Day: 2018-08-24
Start time: 14:00
Duration: 01:30
Room: ABF (Stora Salen)
Track: States

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