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Inviting critical political economy to the table

Miller, T. (2020) Inviting critical political economy to the table. Climatic Change, 163 (1). pp. 155-160.

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It is a pleasure and an honor to be asked to comment on the diverse and engaging essays produced for this special issue. As a Professor of Cultural Studies, I learned much from all of them, both when they touched on areas where I knew something already and when the material was bracingly new.

Rather than review them serially, as one might be expected to do, I have selected themes that emerge from reading the issue: activism versus/as scholarship; climate change denial; corporate social responsibility; communications technologies, environmental imaginaries, “technomagic,” and consumer activism, while referring to the papers in this special issue as appropriate. I treat these themes through a lens that may be new to some readers—critical political economy.

Unlike bourgeois/neoclassical economics, critical political economy is based on the priority of labor and the environment rather than supply and demand. Its goals are social justice and sustainability. My goal here is to show in short form how critical political economy might contribute to understanding the topics this special issue has raised, tracking the life of science, commodities, technologies, and activism—whom they benefit and how.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Creative Media, Arts and Design
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Copyright: © 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
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