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Selling the Future: The Perils of Predicting Global Politics

Ariel Colonomos


In an age of uncertainty, those who can anticipate revolution, the outbreak of wars, or which states might default are much in demand. The marketplace of ideas about the future is huge, and includes “wonks”, scholars, and pundits who produce scenarios, predictions and ratings. The more opaque the future seems to be, the further the relationship between knowledge and power intensifies—especially the nexus between those who sell their expertise and those who consume it. This book analyzes today’s knowledge factories to reveal how our futures are shaped by social scientists, think-tanks, and rati ... More

Keywords: Future, Future-telling, Time, Predictions, Forecasts, Globalization, Expertise, Think tanks, Rating agencies, Norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190603649
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190603649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ariel Colonomos, author