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What Next?
  • Published: 19 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141905662
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

What Next?

Surviving the Twenty-first Century



Globalisation, energy, international crime, Weapons of Mass Destruction, nuclear proliferation, small arms proliferation, international drugs trafficking, climate change, water shortage, migration, epidemic disease, the fraying of the nation state: the list of challenges facing our world is itself proliferating rapidly, and nobody seems to have much of a grip on what is going on. Digesting vast amounts of information from a multiplicity of sources, and drawing on his experience at the highest levels of national and international politics, Chris Patten analyses what we know in each of these areas and argues how in each of them we could get somewhere we might want to be. Very little, he says, has turned out as we might have expected twenty years ago, but there is plenty we can still do.

Readers of Patten's previous books will know what a penetrating analyst and engaging writer he is. This is his most ambitious and impressive yet.

  • Published: 19 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141905662
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

About the author

Chris Patten

Chris Patten is Chancellor of Oxford University. When MP for Bath (1979-92) he served as Minister for Overseas Development, Secretary of State for the Environment and Chairman of the Conservative Party. He was Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 until 1997 and European Commissioner for External Relations from 1999 until 2004. The Observer has described him as 'the best Tory Prime Minister we never had'.

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Praise for What Next?

While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practised now than three or four thousand years ago.

John Adams

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