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Svein Hammer

Hammer is a dr.polit. in sociology and regular reviewer in Ny Tid.

Foucault and neoliberalism

Now: Agora Nos. 3–4
PHILOSOPHY: Shortly after Agora's magnificent publication on populism, the magazine follows up with an even thicker publication. This time it is about Michel Foucault and his groundbreaking series of lectures on neoliberalism.

From social democracy to neoliberalism

Ola Innset: The market turnaround
How is the development of society understood? Through ideas, actors and concrete processes, or through discourses, management techniques and projects for societal formation? MODERN TIMES's Svein Hammer picks up two books that are in relation to each other (one his own).

Green system change and circular economy

ESSAY: In order to safeguard our livelihoods, we should move away from a system that continually requires us to become more efficient, productive, and profit-maximizing.

To think more coherently about the environment and the economy

GREEN GROWTH: Is it possible for a recycling to extend the life of objects and materials? And what about local circuits and small scale businesses?

Nature's self-regulating mechanisms

Nicolas Brown: The Serengeti Rules
ECOSYSTEMS: How can human insight into the contexts of nature be managed for the best in the Anthropocene age?

350 shades of green

Bjørn Stærk: The pursuit of green happiness
Bjørn Strong's systemic criticism is hard to disagree with, but his truths are not necessarily others.

Norway has become a climate political slowdown

Eivind Trædal: The black shift
Our important social debater, Eivind Trædal, has written a thorough history book on Norwegian climate policy – and why it is in the wild.

Environmental protection in the sign of evolution

Douglas Games: Environmentalism: An Evolutionary Approach
In the worst case, the romantic view of nature can stand in the way of adaptable environmental protection work, claims environmental studies professor Douglas Spieles in a new book.

Down to earth to save the earth

Håvard Haarstad and Grete Rusten (eds.): Green conversion – Norwegian road choices
Professional books with good ground contact can be of great value in the debate about the green shift, so this one too.