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The Last Empires

Governing Ourselves, Our Nations, and Our World

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Examines the limitations of contemporary economics and politics

  • A Foucauldian approach to global governance

  • Measurement of and accountability for all dimensions of social well-being

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
  3. Part III

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 211-211
    2. Ideas, Power and Social Progress

      • William Allan
      Pages 245-262
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 263-293

About this book

This book is a forthright and novel examination of efforts to improve national and global governance over the last forty years. Much has changed since Michel Foucault considered, and rejected, economics and neoliberalism as a potential mechanism for individuals to govern themselves and their nations. Nonetheless, his approach, which focused on the evolution of social development through interaction of many disciplines and biopolitical forces, remains highly relevant. Neoliberalism became a dominant political force from the 1980s to the present. It has failed however to address issues of inequality, to ensure economic stability, or to tackle the problems of people and nations that have been marginalized by industrial progress and international conflict. Market forces alone cannot meet the needs of global society. Now, however, developments in behavioural theory, institutional theory and analysis, accounting theory and accountability practice are providing tools that are developing comprehensive and evidence-based measures of well-being that promise to broaden and strengthen the field of socio-economic policy-making. Resolute, albeit long-term, steps to establish widely accepted standards of accountability, the book argues, are essential to guide policies and address the formidable governance issues of global security, information technology, social inequality, and economic and financial crises that the world faces at the beginning of the 21st century.

Keywords

  • Gobal governance
  • Global Financial Crisis
  • Biopolitics
  • Social progress
  • Inequality
  • empires
  • neoliberalism
  • populism
  • social capital
  • integrated reporting
  • global security
  • fiscal risk
  • climate change

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melbourne, VIC, Australia

    William Allan

About the author

William Allan is a former head of the Fiscal Transparency Unit of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF. After retirement from the IMF, he has continued to work as a consultant, mainly for the World Bank, on reform of public financial management (PFM) in a variety of countries.

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eBook USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-59960-1
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)