Journal article

The Green State in Transition: Reply to Bailey, Barry and Craig

Robyn Eckersley

New Political Economy | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


The contributions comprising this special section are part of a more general wave of research that is revisiting and/or re-envisaging the environmental state. They do so from the perspective of critical political economy. This article provides an assessment of their respective contributions while also reflecting on how those seeking to understand the greening (or de-greening) of the state from this critical political economy perspective might extend their critical theory to ‘critical problem-solving’ in ways that are attentive to the politics of transition. To this end, I play Bailey off against Barry and Craig to illustrate how critical problem-solving might be approached.


Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The background research for this article was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project funding scheme [DP11010069].