In a new economy, the contours of which we are only beginning to grasp – post-industrial, post-scarcity, post-work – what might the state look like? How will a society of people who do not “go to work” in a twentieth-century sense be governed? Are we in for a “new socialism” or for the dissolution of the traditional nation-state, and are these two scenarios really different? What will happen to those who do not fit into this brave new world?
Ekaterina Schulmann is Senior Lecturer of Political Science at the Department of Public Administration at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). In January 2016 she was a Russia in Global Dialogue Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.