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Alex Schafran
Matthew Noah Smith
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Stephen Hall

, in its broadest terms, an agreement between persons, between persons and political institutions, and/or between institutions themselves. Unlike traditional accounts of social contract theory, which treat political engagement as a way to mitigate threats of violence or as a way to establish a lasting formal settlement (such as a written constitution or a set of laws), the spatial contract locates the urgency of political engagement in the fact that reliance systems must be produced and reproduced collectively and constantly. The complex materiality of

in The spatial contract