Global Change and Uncertainty: The Paradox of Our Time: A Research Report on Sovereignty and the Magnetic Power of Interdependency

 

Daniel Drache, Anne LeMesurier

The purpose of this Report is to investigate the magnetic power of interdependency and the reasons why the global order remains so volatile, unstable and unpredictable. Its principal finding is that the global landscape has been transformed by widespread structural change. Much has been state centric but much has been driven by other factors. The top four tectonic forces reshaping the global economy for this Report include: the ‘rise of the rest’ of the global South market economies, the precarious growth of the global middle class, the disappearance of private sector unions from the workplace throughout the industrialized world, and the instrumentalization of soft power by global publics deeply skeptical of the ‘there-is-no-alternative’ to the market mindset.

March 19, 2015