Using simple economic reasoning, this book analyses a broad range of global challenges including global warming, ozone shield depletion, acid rain, nuclear waste disposal, revolution dispersion, international terrorism, disease eradication, population growth, tropical deforestation, and peacemaking. These challenges are put into perspective in terms of scientific, economic, and political considerations. Many of these contingencies are shown to be solvable without much explicit coordination among nations. Although there is no panacea to these challenges, much can be done to tailor solutions. This book is intended for a wide audience drawn from the social sciences, including economics, environmental studies, political science, sociology, and public policy. It should also interest the general reader who wants to learn about global challenges.
• Offers a balanced, nonideological view of global challenges, using modern economic tools in a reader-friendly way • Deals with a wide variety of global challenges drawn from environment, security and health areas and offers broader coverage than most books • Well known and highly successful Cambridge author
List of tables and figures; Preface; 1. Apocalypse now or never?; 2. Global interdependencies: basic tools and principles; 3. For our children's children; 4. Global house; 5. Architecture of Institutions; 6. Change we must: evolutionary concerns; 7. Equity among nations?; 8. Near horizons; References; Author index; Subject index.