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Wer schuldet hier eigentlich wem?

Soziale Bewegungen und Schuldenpolitik in Zeiten globaler Krise

Christoph Sorg

Zusammenfassung

Mit der Covid-19-Pandemie und der Frage nach der Welt, in der wir nach der Pandemie leben wollen, stellen sich schuldenpolitische Fragen, die uns aus anderen Krisenzeiten vertraut sind. Was soll mit Haushalten und Unternehmen passieren, die aufgrund von Entwicklungen höherer Gewalt nun hoch verschuldet sind? Wer wird gerettet, wer nicht – und wer zahlt für die Krise? Ein Blick in das letzte Jahrzehnt zeigt eine Geschichte politischer Mobilisierung, die für andere Formen von Schuldenpolitik kämpfte, und in der daher alternative Zukünfte einer post-pandemischen Welt sichtbar werden. In diesem Text versuche ich diese Geschichte zu rekonstruieren, damit aus ihr Lektionen für die aktuelle Situation gezogen werden können. Der erste Teil erklärt zunächst das Konzept der „umkämpften Schuldenpolitik“ und geht auch kurz auf die Methodologie und Methoden meiner Forschung ein. Teil zwei rekonstruiert die jüngere Geschichte umkämpfter Schuldenpolitik von der südlichen Schuldenkrise seit den 1970ern bis zu den jüngeren Platzbesetzungen um 2011. Der dritte und finale Abschnitt diskutiert dann die Utopien dieser schuldenpolitischen Bewegungen, die für alternative Zukünfte kämpfen.

Summary

The Covid-19 pandemic and the question of how we want to live after the pandemic pose questions about debt politics, which we have been familiar with from other times of crisis. What should happen to households and companies that are now indebted due to force majeure? Who will be bailed out, who won’t and who pays for the crisis? The last decade has shown social movements fighting for alternative debt politics and thereby rendering legible alternative futures of a post-pandemic world. This text tries to reconstruct this history so that lessons can be drawn for the current situation. The first part explains the concept of “contentious debt politics” and the methodology and methods of my research. Part two reconstructs the younger history of contentious debt politics from the Southern Debt Crisis to the more recent acampadas of 2011. The third and final section discusses the alternative futures envisioned by these debt political movements.

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