Planetary carambolage: The evolutionary political economy of technology, nature and work

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Abstract

The following editorial introduces the special issue (SI) on “Work, Environment and Planetary-scale Computation in Political-Economic Evolution”. Here, however, we go beyond an outline of what each contribution to the SI addresses, and attempt to draw a more pronounced shared embedding of the arguments that have come to the fore. The original idea of this SI was to synthesize a range of contemporary global political-economic challenges, i.e. (1) technology (esp. digital transformation), (2) nature (esp. ecological crisis) and (3) work (esp. precarization via the evolving platform economy). The main argument developed in this editorial reflection focuses on the common ground and origin of those processes found in the complex evolution of capitalist development. We frame the latter by assigning it a new term, i.e. “planetary carambolage”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273 - 293
JournalReview of Evolutionary Political Economy
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Publication statusPublished - 2020

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 506014 Comparative politics
  • 502027 Political economy
  • 502
  • 508
  • 504030 Economic sociology
  • 504
  • 502001 Labour market policy
  • 509

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