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Ian Goldin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677771.001.0001

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Governance Matters Most

Governance Matters Most

(p.212) 11 Governance Matters Most
Is the Planet Full?

Ian Goldin

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter argues that the central question—‘is the planet full?’—is not about numbers, but about how those numbers are managed. Many challenges spill across national borders, posing difficulties for global management. In a system studded with veto points and institutions in need of urgent reform, the overarching problem is benign neglect of the planet. The chapter explores how this occurs with reference to climate change, food and water supply, and migration. These examples suggest that national decisions alone cannot deal with such challenges and may be counterproductive. Globalization has made it possible to raise incomes and support expanding populations. But it has also created new forms of systemic risk that reflect an increasingly complex and interconnected world. These global risks invite global cooperation and provide ample opportunity for collective action. Whether the planet is full depends on our capacity to harvest the benefits of globalization to manage, mitigate, and adapt to the spiralling negative spillovers.

Keywords:   population, governance, climate change, food supply, migration, cities, globalization, systemic risk

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