The Last Empires

Governing Ourselves, Our Nations, and Our World

  • William Allan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. William Allan
      Pages 245-262
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 263-293

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.


Gobal governance Global Financial Crisis Biopolitics Social progress Inequality empires neoliberalism populism social capital integrated reporting global security fiscal risk climate change

Authors and affiliations

  • William Allan
    • 1
  1. 1.Melbourne, VICAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59959-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59960-1
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Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking