The Spatial Contract - (Manchester Capitalism) by Alex Schafran & Matthew Noah Smith & Stephen Hall

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 168

Format: Paperback

Series Title: Manchester Capitalism

Genre: Political Science

Sub-Genre: Public Policy

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Book theme: City Planning & Urban Development

Author: Alex Schafran & Matthew Noah Smith & Stephen Hall

Language: English

Street Date: March 30, 2020
TCIN: 84313292
UPC: 9781526143372
Item Number (DPCI): 247-19-3776
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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This book is about how a new form of social contract, which we call the spatial contract, can help revitalize the economies of the basic things that matter - the core systems which build and provision the settlements human beings call home.



Book Synopsis



Housing. Water. Energy. Transport. Food. Education. Health care. These are the core systems which make human life possible in the 21st century. Few of us are truly self-sufficient - we rely on the systems built into our cities and towns of all shapes and sizes in order to survive, let alone thrive. Despite how important these systems are, and how much we rely on them, contemporary politics and mainstream economics in most of the world largely ignore these core systems. Politicians debate what they think will get them elected; economists value what they think drives growth. This book joins the growing chorus of activists, academics and innovators who think that we should be focusing on what matters, on the parts of our economy in which most of us work and upon which all of us depend for survival. We help push this movement along by suggesting a series of concrete steps we can take to build what we call the "Spatial Contract". The spatial contract is a form of social contract that pays attention to a simple fact: in order for humans to be free, we rely on these basic systems that enable us to act. At the heart of the spatial contract is an agreement to channel that action into ensuring these systems are built, maintained and available to all who need them, in big cities and small towns all around the world.



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Housing. Water. Energy. Transport. Food. Education. Health care. These are the core systems which make human life possible in the twenty first century. Few of us are truly self-sufficient - we rely on the systems built into our cities and towns of all shapes and sizes in order to survive, let alone thrive.
Despite how important these systems are, and how much we rely on them, contemporary politics and mainstream economics in most of the world largely ignore these core systems. Politicians debate what they think will get them elected; economists value what they think drives growth.

This book joins the growing chorus of activists, academics and innovators who think that we should be focusing on what matters, on the parts of our economy in which most of us work and upon which all of us depend for survival. We help push this movement along by suggesting a series of concrete steps we can take to build what we call the "Spatial Contract". The spatial contract is a form of social contract that pays attention to a simple fact: in order for humans to be free, we rely on these basic systems that enable us to act. At the heart of the spatial contract is an agreement to channel that action into ensuring these systems are built, maintained and available to all who need them, in big cities and small towns all around the world.



About the Author



Matthew Noah Smith is Associate Professor in philosophy in the Northeastern University Department of Philosophy and Religion

Alex Schafran is an urban planner and geographer, and the author of The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics

Stephen Hall is University Academic Fellow in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds

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