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Broken Cities

Broken Cities

Inside the Global Housing Crisis

by Deborah Potts
Publication Date: 01/05/2020

From Britain's 'Generation Rent'to Hong Kong's notorious 'cage homes', societies around the world are facing ahousing crisis of unprecedented proportions. The social consequences have beenprofound, with a lack of affordable housing resulting in overcrowding,homelessness, broken families and, in many countries, a sharp decline infertility.

In Broken Cities,Deborah Potts offers a provocative new perspective on the global housingcrisis. Rather than failures by governments to provide adequate low-incomehousing, Potts shows how the issues have resulted from the rise of free marketeconomics, which has suppressed wages for millions of workers to levels farless than is needed for their families - compounded by the profit incentives ofprivate developers. Potts in turn argues that the crisis needs radicalsolutions, including the introduction of a basic income alongside a dramaticexpansion of public housing.

With the world becomingincreasingly urbanized, this book provides a timely and urgent account of oneof the most pressing social challenges of the 21st century. Exploring theeffects of the housing crisis across the global North and South, Broken Cities is a warning of thegreater crises to come if these issues are not addressed.

Politics & government
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Zed Books, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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