Jason Spicer is an assistant professor of economic development and planning in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, which he joined after completing a master’s degree and PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2018. His research interests include a focus on alternative economic-development models, and the role of politics, planning, and policy in enabling them.
By Evan Casper-Futterman, Jason Spicer, Cooperation Jackson
Two recent books takeup the challenges of radical social and institutional transformation to make a GND maximally effective. One outlines the requirements for a maximally participatory democracy, but raises questions about its ideological valences; the other outlines a multilayered effort in one US city, leaving us with questions about organizational capacity to pull off the GND. Inasmuch as these works draw mainly on non-US examples, they magnify the challenges that remain here.