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Zero-sum World: Power and Politics After the Crash

Zero-sum World: Power and Politics After the Crash

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By (author) Gideon Rachman

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 38mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848877021
  • ISBN 13: 9781848877023
  • Sales rank: 280,277

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The economic crisis that struck the world in 2008 has drastically altered the logic of international relations. Globalisation no longer benefits all the world's superpowers and they face an array of global problems that are causing division between nations. A win-win world is giving way to a zero-sum world. Zero-sum logic, in which one country's gain looks like another's loss, has prevented the world from reaching an agreement to fight climate change and threatens to create a global economic stalemate. These new tensions are intensified by the emergence of dangerous political and economic problems that risk provoking wars, environmental catastrophe and ever-deeper debilitating economic crises. This timely and important book argues that international politics is about become much more volatile - and sets out what can be done to break away from the crippling logic of a zero-sum world.

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Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at the Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited the Economist's business and Asia sections. His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalisation

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'With his inimitable combination of dry wit and analytical clarity, Gideon Rachman gives us the latest thirty years of world history in three distinct phases, from the genesis of the Eighties, through the hubris of the Nineties and early Noughties, to the nemesis of the Great Recession. What makes this book so readable is the author's keen eye for the microcosm: the individual who personifies a big theme. No one else can make a solemn subject like nuclear non-proliferation live and breath the way Rachman can.' Niall Fergusson 'Zero-Sum World addresses the most important geopolitical issue today: whether the US and Europe will be able to lead the world to a more prosperous and benign future through economic and political cooperation or whether they will lose confidence and fall victim to the fashionable myths of Asian ascendancy, counter-globalization, and the attempt to revive the market-defying State. Though Rachman writes with dispassionate clarity, his message is fundamentally a moral one. This is a superb book.' Philip Bobbitt 'Rachman is a brilliant commentator with a deep sense of history. Nobody has better defined the fault-lines in our globalised world.' Steven Sakur