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Green (New) Deals and Political Strategy: From Democratic Socialism to Greenwashing

Throughout the world, various versions of a Green New Deal have lately become the most politically visible attempt to overcome the gap between the urgency of the climate crisis and the insufficiency of current (and planned) measures to tackle it. Regardless of the concrete content of particular measures, the underlying principle of a GND is that the bundle of policies contained within are aimed at restructuring the economic system in a way that tackles the dual crisis of climate change and social inequality. This article deals with four different GND proposals that are the most relevant for the climate movement in Slovenia: two different GND versions from the USA, which are the foundation of the majority of debates among activists and academics, the European Green Deal put forward by the European Commission, and, as its counterweight, the Blueprint for Europe‘s Just Transition proposed by the Diem25 movement. The author analyzes the more or less explicit political strategies that form the basis of GND proposals and their understanding of the political barriers they have to overcome. By analysing the proposals as well as the debates they elicited, the author aims to provide an answer to the following questions: how do different GND proposals define the the problem they are trying to solve; who or what is responsible for the climate crisis; what are the timelines and the level of ambition; who are the agents tasked with making a GND a reality; and lastly, how do particular proposals position themselves in relation to capitalism.


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Issue No. 279 - Environmental Struggles Throught the Prism of Mass Mobilization
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2020 , volume volume 48 , issue issue 279
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