Nature of Economies

Jacobs, Jane
Publisher:  Vintage Canada, Toronto, Canada
Year First Published:  {14333 Nature of Economies NATURE OF ECONOMIES Jacobs, Jane Vintage Canada Toronto Canada Jacobs argues that since human beings exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect, we should look to the processes of nature for vibrant and flexible models of economic planning. 2000 2001 190pp $29.95 BC14333-NatureOfEconomies.jpg B Book 0-679-31096-7 HD75.6.J31 2001 330 In the aptly titled "The Nature of Economies," Jane Jacobs explains the parallels between laws of nature and laws of economics. Jacob's thesis and counter-arguments are presented in a discussion between five friends, each from a different academic background. They explore ideas surrounding the environment, social equality, sustainability, co-operation, economic collapse, fitness for survival and unpredictability. <br> <br>In an effort to facilitate sustainable development, workers have begun to create manufacturing processes that mimic nature, rather than control it. Jacobs argues that economists should emulate this technique and respect 'natural laws' that govern trade. Co-developments between sectors are important features of healthy economies and are more likely to emerge when economists adhere to these guidelines. <br> <br>Jacobs proposes that examining how developments coexist sheds light on why some economies thrive and others falter. The idea of import substitution is particularly central; this occurs when cities create local replacements for products that were previously imported. If the settlement contains no natural co-developments for these new systems, an individual business will not mesh with its surroundings and will likely fail. <br> <br>This book also examines the ways in which inequality and oppression weaken economies. Workers are likely to have great insights about how their work can be improved, but are often separated from the decision-making process. The author argues for equality based on both social and economic grounds. <br> <br>Fitness for survival is based upon having both the capacity to compete and breed and having a habitat in which to do so. In the past, efforts to predict the future have involved shaping it via expensive technology or solutions that rarely address the core issues. In contrast, Jacobs suggests that we simply 'make ourselves up as we go along' and surrender the idea that it is possible to accurately predict human nature. <br> <br>This book is humourous and accessible to anyone with an interest in economics, ecology and social equality. <br> <br> <br>[abstract by Heather Skelton] <br> <br> <br> <br>Table of Contents <br> <br>Foreword <br> <br>Damn, Another Ecologist <br>The Nature of Development <br>The Nature of Expansion <br>The Nature of Self-Refuelling <br>Evading Collapse <br>The Double Nature of Fitness for Survival <br>Unpredictability <br>Armbruster's Promise <br> <br>Epilogue <br>Notes <br>Acknowledgements <br>Index CX7285 1 false true false CX7285.htm [0xc000d73920 0xc000d8a6f0 0xc000db8480 0xc001a44d20 0xc001a71a40 0xc001d5f470 0xc001da04e0 0xc001e5cae0 0xc001ecae10 0xc001f4a840 0xc002089c50 0xc0023451d0 0xc0001f6930 0xc00021e8d0 0xc000174930 0xc000175380 0xc000175b00 0xc00026ec30 0xc000672690 0xc000672840 0xc000066840 0xc0001b1440 0xc0001fd620 0xc00024b560 0xc0002619b0 0xc000272900 0xc00028c4e0 0xc00028d980 0xc0002be660 0xc0002d8cc0 0xc000809230 0xc00018ede0 0xc000ac21e0 0xc0024295c0 0xc0001f83f0 0xc00073e870 0xc000c6b9b0 0xc000619c20 0xc000b6a960 0xc00044bc80 0xc0000b6a80 0xc0006323c0 0xc000696f00 0xc000806810 0xc001057260 0xc0016db440 0xc001897290] Cx}
Year Published:  2001
Pages:  190pp   Price:  $29.95   ISBN:  0-679-31096-7
Library of Congress Number:  HD75.6.J31 2001   Dewey:  330
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX7285

Jacobs argues that since human beings exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect, we should look to the processes of nature for vibrant and flexible models of economic planning.

Abstract: 
In the aptly titled "The Nature of Economies," Jane Jacobs explains the parallels between laws of nature and laws of economics. Jacob's thesis and counter-arguments are presented in a discussion between five friends, each from a different academic background. They explore ideas surrounding the environment, social equality, sustainability, co-operation, economic collapse, fitness for survival and unpredictability.

In an effort to facilitate sustainable development, workers have begun to create manufacturing processes that mimic nature, rather than control it. Jacobs argues that economists should emulate this technique and respect 'natural laws' that govern trade. Co-developments between sectors are important features of healthy economies and are more likely to emerge when economists adhere to these guidelines.

Jacobs proposes that examining how developments coexist sheds light on why some economies thrive and others falter. The idea of import substitution is particularly central; this occurs when cities create local replacements for products that were previously imported. If the settlement contains no natural co-developments for these new systems, an individual business will not mesh with its surroundings and will likely fail.

This book also examines the ways in which inequality and oppression weaken economies. Workers are likely to have great insights about how their work can be improved, but are often separated from the decision-making process. The author argues for equality based on both social and economic grounds.

Fitness for survival is based upon having both the capacity to compete and breed and having a habitat in which to do so. In the past, efforts to predict the future have involved shaping it via expensive technology or solutions that rarely address the core issues. In contrast, Jacobs suggests that we simply 'make ourselves up as we go along' and surrender the idea that it is possible to accurately predict human nature.

This book is humourous and accessible to anyone with an interest in economics, ecology and social equality.


[abstract by Heather Skelton]



Table of Contents

Foreword

Damn, Another Ecologist
The Nature of Development
The Nature of Expansion
The Nature of Self-Refuelling
Evading Collapse
The Double Nature of Fitness for Survival
Unpredictability
Armbruster's Promise

Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgements
Index

Subject Headings

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