Socio-ecological Transformation and Energy Policy in Latin America and Europe

Ulrich Brand, Marlis Gensler and Alexandra Strickner, July 2012

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In the current multiple crisis of global capitalism, which is developing differently in different regions, a variety of real and potential breaks are emerging, together with search processes for ways to handle the crisis. One major factor to be taken into account here is that of the continuities – as, in Europe, the still dominant neo-liberal social power relations, the security interests of property owners and the model of industrial competitiveness at any cost; or, in Latin America, the tendency to continue to cling to a development model based on resource extraction and cheap labour. (Ulrich Brand, introduction)


1. Introduction
Ulrich Brand: Introduction to the seminar Socio-ecological Transformation and Energy Policy in Latin America and Europe

2. Energy Struggles in Latin America –
Experiences of Socio-ecological Transformation

Martínez Esperanza: Struggles against Energy Projects – Experiences of Socio-ecological Transformation
Oscar Vega: Considerations for the Debate on Socio-ecological Transformation
Isabella Radhuber and Oscar Vega: Lithium in Bolivia: preliminary reflections on the current disputes
José Cueva: The Social Struggles Related to the Energy Problem in Ecuador
Pablo Bertinat: Analysis of the Energy Situation in the Context of Rio+20

3. Energy Struggles in Europe –
Experiences of Socio-ecological Transformation

Tadzio Müller: Of Energy Struggles, Energy Transitions and Energy Democracy
Maxime Combes: Shale Gas and Oil Fracking: A Well-Rooted and Increasingly Internationalized Mobilization
Michaela Schmidt and Bettina Csoka: The Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour’s Futures Forum: Designing Progress Socially and Ecologically
Peter Molnar: The New Energy System: The Solar Energy Revolution

4. Conflicts and Problems –
Energy-political Constellations and Global Contexts

Javier Gómez: Policy and the Energy Matrix in Latin America
Antonio Tricarico: Beyond our Borders – The Energy and Market Grabs Promoted by the New EU Energy Policy
Nick Hildyard: Financialisation and Energy Transition

5. Challenges –
Left Governmental and Regional Energy Policy

Alberto Acosta: Energy Democracy and Sovereignty as Elements of Social-ecological Transformation
Ulla Lötzer: The Challenges of a Left Energy Policy in Germany and Europe
Martin Reiter: The Possibilities for an Austrian Energy Policy in a European Context

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