Analysing development to shape the future

Novy, Andreas ORCID: and Lengauer, Lukas (2008) Analysing development to shape the future. SRE - Discussion Papers, 2008/07. Institut für Regional- und Umweltwirtschaft, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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This article links theory and politics in a systematic way by proposing Is-Shall-Do as a didactical model for analysing a concrete conjuncture, relating it to the desired future in the form of a concrete utopia. Aware of structural limits and potential space of manoeuvre for political agency adequate practical steps to implement the concrete utopia are elaborated. The paper is divided in a first section which exposes three interwoven aspects of development: the the idea of a good life, the complexity and multi-dimensionality of development and the relationship of knowledge and power. Section two exposes the model of Is-Shall-Do abstractly, while section 3 exemplifies it by exposing the challenges for the European left. The analysis of conjuncture as a concrete analysis of a concrete situation is centred in Europe today on the topic of inequality produced by finance-based accumulation. As the concrete utopia of a good life , the authors propose the values of the French revolution, freedom, equality and solidarity which are unfulfilled promises of European development. The paper ends with a plea for organising democratic and egalitarian alternatives. (...) (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: sozioökonomischer Wandel / Modellierung
Classification Codes: RVK MR 5800, QC 340
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Multi-Level Governance and Development
Depositing User: Repository Administrator
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2009 11:38
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 08:05


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