The Last Empires: Governing Ourselves, Our Nations, and Our World

Author:   William Allan
Publisher:   Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Edition:   1st ed. 2017
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9783030108397


Pages:   293
Publication Date:   18 February 2019
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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.

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Author:   William Allan
Publisher:   Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Imprint:   Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Edition:   1st ed. 2017
ISBN:  

9783030108397


ISBN 10:   3030108392
Pages:   293
Publication Date:   18 February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Foucauldian Methodology, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism.- .Chapter 2 The Development of Biopolitics.- .Chapter 3 The Historical Roots of Neoliberalism.- .Chapter 4 Neoliberal Economics versus Neoliberal Ideology.- .Chapter 5 Measuring Social Welfare: GDP is Neither Fair nor Accurate.- .Chapter 6 Tackling Inequality and Social Justice.- .Chapter 7 Preserving the Environment and Managing the Climate.- .Chapter 8 Institutions and Behaviour: New Rules of the Game.- .Chapter 9 Modern Philosophy and Social Science at a Junction.- .Chapter 10 Some Suggestions on Priorities and Next Steps.

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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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