Richer Futures: Fashioning a New Politics

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Earthscan, 1999 - Political Science - 194 pages
In every area of life, traditional, centralized party politics has been failing and the seeds of a new form of political life are being sown. This is true in housing, health, education, consumption and transport, where public policy is attracting increasing criticism. In an age of social alienation and urban despondency Richer Futures is a timely response to the growing interest in community-based, self-help action. It introduces new forms of communication and decision-making and sets out a programme for a sustainable politics.Contributions from some of the best-known thinkers and writers on contemporary urban, cultural and social policy (and campaigns) in Britain today pay tribute to the ideas and industrious activities of the influential writer and commentator Colin Ward. This uplifting collection of essays looks forward to a new politics of self-management and environmentally aware and sustainable lifestyles.Ken Worpole has written a number of books on urban and cultural policy, and a series of influential reports for Comedia, Demos and the Department of the Environment.

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Education on a Human Scale
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Art and the Built
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Part HI A Roof Over Your Head
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Ken Worpole is the author of a number of influential studies of the contemporary urban public realm and other aspects of urban policy. His books include "Towns for People" (1993), "Libraries in a World of Cultural Change" (1995)," People, Parks and Cities" (1996), and, most recently, "Here Comes the Sun: Architecture and Public Space in Twentieth Century European Culture" (Reaktion, 2001). He is married to Larraine Worpole, photographer.