Friday, 29 February 2008

Going Global

Key Questions For The 21st Century

Michael Moynagh and Richard Worsley

ISBN 978-0-7136-8866-5

There are very few of us – if any – who have not been touched by globalisation. In common with most phenomena, globalisation has its advocates and its detractors. For example, on the plus side, it is seen as the root cause of the rise of nations such as India and China, which, jointly, account for 100 million fewer people living in poverty each year. On the other hand, it has been responsible for the migration of jobs to the newly industrialising nations, causing great economic and social dislocation in Europe and North America. Globalisation is one of the key issues of our times. Michael Moynagh and Richard Worsley jointly run the Tomorrow Project. This is an organisation based in the UK that collates thinking about the future. The prospect of a futures perspective on the issue of globalisation is something that commended itself to me.

This is a great book. As a futures text, it is a bit narrow in scope and a bit too close to the present. But is it a futures text? If we turn the question around, the book does have a number of uses to which it could be well put. I see this as a good introductory text for ‘A’ Level and first year undergraduate students of economics and geopolitics. It would give them the language and basic concepts of globalisation. It could also provide a contemporary briefing for those engaged in the foundation level of their professional exams and for those is business who have a responsibility for strategy but who are not futurists. It could help them to understand some of the complexities of the world in which we live. As a text, the book is well written, the arguments flow naturally in a logical order and the book moves along at a good pace. This commends it as a good read. So, if you are looking for a good introduction to globalisation, then look no further than this book.

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