The Nature of Economies
From the revered author of the classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities comes a new book that will revolutionize the way we think about the economy.
Starting from the premise that human beings "exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect," Jane Jacobs has focused her singular eye on the natural world in order to discover the fundamental models for a vibrant economy. The lessons she discloses come from fields as diverse as ecology, evolution, and cell biology. Written in the form of a Platonic dialogue among five fictional characters, The Nature of Economies is as astonishingly accessible and clear as it is irrepressibly brilliant and wise–a groundbreaking yet humane study destined to become another world-altering classic.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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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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
Chapter 2THE NATURE OF DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 3THE NATURE OF EXPANSION
Chapter 4THE NATURE OF SELFREFUELING
Chapter 5EVADING COLLAPSE
Chapter 6THE DOUBLE NATURE OF FITNESS FOR SURVIVAL
Chapter 8ARMBRUSTERS PROMISE
ALSO BYJANE JACOBS