New publication from Seedbox researcher Johan Niskanen and Professor Duncan McLaren.

The Political Economy of Circular Economies: Lessons from Future Repair Scenario Deliberations in Sweden.

The work was written with support from the Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas and with support from the Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, The Seed Box.

From the abstract:

“The dominant technocratic and neoliberal imaginary of a circular economy dependent on corporate leadership, market mechanisms, and changed consumer behaviour is here explored using the findings of deliberative stakeholder workshops examining diverse scenarios for the promotion of repair as part of a circular economy. Stakeholder responses to four scenarios—digital circularity, planned circularity, circular modernism, and bottomup sufficiency—are described with reference to the ideologies, interests, and institutions involved.”