transform! yearbook 2022

transform! yearbook 2022 looks at how left politics has been challenged by the Covid pandemic and asks what a programme of left demands for pandemic research, prevention, and treatment might look like.

The publication is available as hardcopy at Merlin Press and here as a PDF (also left/below in ‚Documents‘).

There have been great changes over the last thirty years: the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, triumphant neoliberalism, the rise of China as an economic power, transform! yearbook 2022 asks what are the resulting geopolitical shifts behind the war in Ukraine? Also, what are the new imperatives for public intervention in the economy; the emergence of social democracy in the US, and what are the structural difficulties for any left politics face in the EU?

This year’s transform! yearbook addresses the following themes:

  • The Covid Pandemic and the Left
  • War and Peace in the Changing World System
  • The Marxist-Christian Dialogue
  • A Democratic Europe?
  • Social Democracy, the Radical Left in the Face of the Socio-Ecological Crisis
  • Ecosocialism/Ecofeminism


Left Strategies in the Covid Pandemic and Its Aftermath
transform! yearbook 2022
Walter BaierEric CanepaHaris Golemis
Merlin Press
ISBN 978-0-85036-782-9


Walter BaierEric CanepaHaris Golemis: Left Strategies in the Covid Pandemic and Its Aftermath

The Covid Pandemic and the Social and Political Left
Leigh Phillips: A Programme for a Pandemic Justice Movement
Ricardo Antunes: Pandemic Capitalism: What Now?
Asbjørn Wahl: Covid-19 and Working-Class Power
Donatella della Porta: Contentious Politics in Critical Emergency Junctures: The Pandemic and Progressive Social Movement Organisations

Geopolitical Shifts and Conflicts
transform! europe Peace Manifesto, Stop the War! An Appeal for a Europe of Peace
Veronika Sušová-Salminen: Can We Avert Further Wars? The West, Russia, and China in the World of Seismic Shifts
Jan Campbell: China and Europe in the Foreseeable Future
Silvina RomanoTamara Lajtman, and Aníbal García Fernández: The Geopolitics of Covid in Latin America

The Marxist-Christian Dialogue
Walter Baier: What Can the Socialist Left Learn From the Pope?
Margareta Gruber: Without the City of Man There Can Be No Paradise on Earth: The Bible Ends with a Vision of a Megacity
Michael Löwy: Marxisms and Christianities: Recent Publications

Étienne Balibar: The Eternal Impossibility of a Democratic Europe and the Tasks of a ‘Party of Europe’
Katerina Anastasiou and Axel Ruppert: Discuss Security – Reclaim the Future
Nidžara Ahmetašević: Europe – From Fortress to Dungeon
María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop: Migrants and Refugees: Pariahs of Europe

Social Democratic and Radical Left Political Strategies
Luciana Castellina and Donald Sassoon: Social Democracy and the Radical Left: Old Divisions and the Imperatives of the New Socio-Ecological Crisis
Gerassimos Moschonas: Social Democracy’s Electoral and Ideological Retreat, the European Union, and the Radical Left’s Dilemmas
Steffen Lehndorff: From the New Deal of the 1930s to the Green New Deal of the 2020s
Loren Balhorn: Class Struggle for Social Democracy
Seraphim Seferiades: ‘Populism’ as a Cognitive Barrier: A Political Approach
Dunja Larise: Why Is Austro-Marxism Still Worth Studying in the 21st Century?

Ariel Salleh: A Relational Logic for The Left – Interviewed by Haris Golemis
Michael Löwy: For an Ecosocialist ‘Great Transformation’: Fourteen Theses
Anna Saave: Ecofeminism Now

European Country Reports
Jana Tsoneva: Neoliberal Hysteresis: Lessons from Bulgaria’s Abortive Vaccination Campaign
Mario Candeias: Decisive Elections and the Future of the Left in Germany
Claudia Krieglsteiner: Pandemic De-Socialisation in Austria
Francisco Louçã: Portugal: Time Is Running Out

Daniel Finn: The Contested Legacy of Derry’s Bloody Sunday

Authors and Editors

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