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The Last Empires

Governing Ourselves, Our Nations, and Our World

Authors: Allan, William

  • 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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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Foucault’s Biopolitics and Its Relevance to Modern Social Science

    Allan, William

    Pages 3-37

  • Historical and Economic Roots of Neoliberalism

    Allan, William

    Pages 39-76

  • From Neoliberalism to Social Accountability

    Allan, William

    Pages 79-104

  • Measuring Social Well-Being: GDP Is Neither Accurate Nor Fair

    Allan, William

    Pages 105-143

  • Tackling Inequality and Social Justice: A Global Imperative

    Allan, William

    Pages 145-183

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eBook $19.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59960-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: November 10, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10839-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Last Empires
Book Subtitle
Governing Ourselves, Our Nations, and Our World
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59960-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59960-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10839-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIII, 293
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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