This book examines a range of global challenges, from mitigating climate change to preventing nuclear proliferation, from controlling emerging pandemics to raising the incomes of the world’s poor, from choosing a standard for telling the time to peacekeeping, from securing “loose nukes” to halting overfishing, from creating new kinds of knowledge to saving the Earth from being smashed by a mega-asteroid.
The book looks at each of these issues, and more, from the perspective of individual countries as well as the world as a whole. What incentive do states have to address these issues? How can international institutions redirect these incentives, to make the world as a whole better off?
Why cooperate? Because that’s the best way--in most cases, the only way--to address the world’s greatest challenges.
“This book is an exciting, accessible read. ”
Perspectives on Politics
“...deserves careful consideration by the experts and a wide readership among those interested in public policy.”
Journal of Economic Literature
“Inadequately provided global public goods offer a rich agenda for the future; the relevant issues, along with many historical examples of both successes and failures, are intelligently addressed here.”
“Scott Barrett deals with some of the most important global issues of the day with a clarity and lightness of touch which never betray the complexity and depth of the problems... His distinctions will open up new paths in both policy formation and development.”
Kenneth Arrow, recipient of the 1972 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
“Like his earlier Environment and Statecraft this one is game theory at its most lucid, most valuable and most accessible--an exciting and rewarding book.”
Thomas C. Schelling, recipient of the 2005 Nobel
Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
“Barrett’s book should become a classic.”
Jagdish Bhagwati, author of In Defense of Globalization
“An idealistic as well as sensible prescription for how to tackle in a practical manner the genuinely complex issues of our new global era.”
Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to
President Jimmy Carter