The Nature of Economies

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Random House of Canada, 2001 - Biotic communities - 190 pages
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Jane Jacobs has spent years changing the way we think about economic life in general. Now, in The Nature of Economies, Jacobs proposes a radical notion that has breath-taking common sense: economies are governed by the same rules as nature itself. With the simplicity of an extremely wise and seasoned thinker, Jane Jacobs shows us that by looking to nature, we can develop economies that are both efficient and ecologically friendly.

The Nature of Economies is written in dialogue form: five intelligent friends discussing over coffee how economies work. The result is a wonderfully provocative, truly ground-breaking work by one of the great thinkers of our time.

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User Review  - mjgrogan - LibraryThing

A fairly interesting approach to writing about a certain way to view economic structures, Jacobs invents a cast of characters (named, I have to assume, after dead 18th century English folks...plus a ... Read full review

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User Review  - thebookpile - LibraryThing

A good continuation of her previous work, Systems of Survival. The Nature of Economies is not quite as good, but it's still very worthwhile. The idea of import replacement has stuck with me ever since I read this. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Jane Jacobs is the author of several books, including the classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which redefined urban studies and economic policy, and the bestselling Systems of Survival. She lives and works in Toronto.

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