Degrowth and Capitalist Power

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* Article: Degrowth and Capitalist Power: A step towards a theory of change. By Julien Vastenaekels. Degrowth Journal Volume 2 (2024) 00045


"This article explores the relationship between degrowth and the theory of Capital as Power (CasP), aiming to understand how socio-ecological transformations can unfold against capitalist power dynamics. While degrowth scholars have largely overlooked this perspective on capital, CasP argues that capitalism is primarily a mode of power, with capitalisation quantifying power – the confidence in in – the ability to shape society against opposition. Key CasP concepts are brought into dialogue with degrowth research to identify potential implications and offer a step towards a theory of change for degrowth."