Climate Change and the State

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Compiled by Rob Hunter [1]:

  • I cannot hope to offer, within the confines of this post, a full summary of the burgeoning literature on the intersection of ecology and the critique of political economy. For an excellent introduction to contemporary attempts to produce critical political theories of climate change, see
    • Alyssa Battistoni, “States of Emergency”, The Nation, 16–23 June 2018, available at
    • (reviewing Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright, Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future [London: Verso, 2018]).
    • For theoretical background on ecology and the critique of political economy, see Kohei Saito, Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capital, Nature, and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2017);
    • Jason W. Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital(London: Verso, 2015); and
    • Michelle Yates, “Environmentalism and the Domination of Nature”, in Beverly Best, Werner Bonefeld, and Chris O’Kane (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (Los Angeles: SAGE, 2018), 1629.
  • There is now a profusion of radical writing, from a variety of perspectives and tendencies, on global warming, climate crises, and human ecology. See, e.g.,
    • Andreas Malm, Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming (London: Verso, 2016);
    • John Bellamy Foster, Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature (Monthly Review Press, 2000);
    • Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World (London: Verso, 2002);
    • Paul Burkett, Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective (New York: St. Martin’s, 1999);
    • Michael Löwy, Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe (Chicago: Haymarket, 2015); and
    • Daniel Tanuro, Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work (London: Merlin, 2013).