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Overcoming Indifference : 10 Key Challenges in Today's Changing World - Klaus Schwab

Overcoming Indifference

10 Key Challenges in Today's Changing World

By: Klaus Schwab (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780814780084
Number Of Pages: 368

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The end of the Cold War did not, as some might have hoped, simplify the issues facing world leaders. Civil war, famine, overpopulation, chronic unemployment, and an exploding refugee problem continue to plague the world economy, to the point where we begin to wonder whether national boundaries can contain such crises, or whether the challenges that face the world are beyond the reach of the leaders we have elected. Has the increasing disparity between the haves and the have nots, between the knows and don't knows led to an unbridgeable gap between rich and poor peoples and rich and poor countries?

"Overcoming Indifference" offers contributions from Nobel Prize winners, statesmen, scholars and university professors, and chief executive officers of major industrial corporations. The contributors include such well-known and disparate thinkers as Elie Wiesel, Samuel P. Huntington, Michael Hammer, and Carl Sagan. Highlighting subjects as diverse as the new information society, methods of creating sufficient employment, the disintegration of previously held value systems, and the maintenance of global security in the post-Cold War world, the contributors, propose the best possible courses of action.

"This remarkable volume challenges political leaders to identify, analyze, and thereby begin to manage the transformations of a new era." --Bill Bradley, United States Senator from New Jersey

Foreword
Introduction
Contributors
Coping with the Disintegration of Value Systems
There Is No Such Thing as a Purely Material Crisisp. 4
The Death of the Modernp. 7
The Breakdown of the Familyp. 13
The Decline of the United States as an Inspiration to Emerging Nationsp. 16
The Positive Values of East Asiap. 18
Pirates in Modern Societyp. 20
Toward an Ethic for the Twenty-First Centuryp. 22
Religion and Modern Value Systemsp. 26
A Global Ethic as the Alternative to the Clash of Civilizationsp. 28
From Hierarchy to Cooperationp. 32
The Need for Standards of Conduct in Government and Businessp. 35
The Need to Overcome Indifferencep. 37
Maintaining Global Security
The Changing Environment of World Securityp. 43
Inclusion/Exclusion: The New Dynamic in the World Systemp. 48
The Need for a Strategy of Stabilizationp. 51
Are Nation-States Becoming Obsolete?p. 54
The Transformation of Warp. 57
The Explosion of Crime and the Criminalization of Warp. 59
The Dilemma of "Law and Order" in the World at Largep. 62
Security Policy in a World of Complexityp. 66
International Peace-Keeping after the End of the Cold Warp. 70
Race and International Relationsp. 73
The Threat of Population Movementsp. 76
Drug Traffickingp. 78
Democracy's Challengep. 81
Facing the New Inequalities
The New North-South Conflictp. 91
The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Poorerp. 95
Intergenerational Conflictp. 98
The Increased Exclusion of Young Peoplep. 103
Overcoming Discrimination Against Womenp. 106
The New Decoupled Elitep. 109
Ensuring Sustainability in an Overpopulated World
The Global Environmentp. 115
The Evolving Concept of Sustainabilityp. 117
The Impact of the Demographic Transitionp. 120
Population Control: A Critical Factor in Economic Developmentp. 124
Insufficient Grain and Food Resourcesp. 127
Insufficient Water Resourcesp. 130
Overcoming the "Cowboy Economy"p. 135
Making Ecology and Economy Compatiblep. 139
The Greening of GATT: A Conflict of Visionsp. 141
Harnessing Market Forces to Protect the Environmentp. 145
International Environmental Policy: From Formation to Implementationp. 149
The Sustainability of Scientific Progressp. 152
A Laborious Futurep. 155
Living in the New Information Society
The Challenges of the Information Technology Superindustryp. 160
The Digital Revolutionp. 164
The Impact of the Information Glutp. 170
The Gap Between the "Knows" and the "Don't Knows"p. 174
Information Technology and Economic Successp. 176
The Universal Information Infrastructurep. 179
Global Village or Global Civilization?p. 182
Keeping Pace with a Globalizing Economy
The Globalized Economy Is a Realityp. 192
Abundant Human Resources and Technologyp. 196
Open Regionalism and Multilateral Liberalizationp. 200
Regionalism, Not Internationalismp. 203
The "Backyard Strategy" of Old Economic Powersp. 208
The Global Corporation and the Decline of Nation-Statesp. 211
Competition and International Tradep. 214
Global Shifts in Manufacturing and Servicesp. 217
Global Competition on Rules and the Private Sectorp. 221
Integrating the World Economy: Economics Is Not Enoughp. 224
Trade Policy: From Shallow to Deep Integrationp. 229
Peace and Prosperity Require International Cooperationp. 233
Integrating Asia
Asia: The New Center of the World Economyp. 239
The East Asian Revolutionp. 242
The Resurgence of Asian Confidencep. 245
Democratization in Asiap. 248
Asia Has Come of Agep. 251
A New East-West Relationshipp. 253
The Implications of China's Emergencep. 257
Creating Sufficient Employment
The Increased Labor Supply in the World Economyp. 264
The End of Industrial Era Employmentp. 267
Increased Growth Rates and Long-Term Structural Unemploymentp. 269
The Lack of Solidarity Between the Employed and Unemployedp. 273
Permanent Education: A Must for Survivalp. 276
The Reduced Acceptability of Layoffsp. 278
Ensuring National Policy-Making in a Global World
The Transformation of the World Economy Since 1980p. 284
Globalization: Domestic Economic Policies Still Countp. 288
Monetary Policy Cannot Do Everythingp. 292
The End of the Inflationary Erap. 294
Foreign Exchanges; Markets Versus Policyp. 296
The Conflict Between Globalization and Subsidiarityp. 300
Death of the Welfare State?p. 303
Making the State Efficient and Consumption Levels Sustainablep. 309
The Expanding Scope of Privatization in Developmentp. 313
The Rule of Law and Developmentp. 316
The Need to Overcome Short-Term Problem Solvingp. 320
Reengineering the Corporation
A Shift in Global Economic Leadershipp. 326
Firms That Behave Like Dinosaurs Will Die Outp. 328
The Transition to Lean Processes at the Firm Levelp. 330
Time Is No Longer Just Moneyp. 335
How to Compete in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 339
The Need for Innovative Strategiesp. 342
The Right Size for Global Companiesp. 345
The Need for Business Focusp. 348
Conclusionp. 353
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780814780084
ISBN-10: 0814780083
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st December 1994
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.7