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

Gruszka, Katarzyna and Scholz-Wäckerle, Manuel and Aigner, Ernest (2020) Planetary carambolage: The evolutionary political economy of technology, nature and work. Review of Evolutionary Political Economy, 1. pp. 273-293. ISSN 2662-6136

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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”.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open access funding provided by Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).
Keywords: Political economy, Complexity, Evolution, Capitalist development, Ecological crisis, Digital transformation, Platform work
Classification Codes: JEL B51, B52, J81, O33, P11, P16, P18, Q57
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2020 09:40
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2020 10:47
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