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Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century


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Possibilities 48 4 The New Challenges for Governance: Social Networks, Megacities, and the Global Scattering of Productive Capabilities 75 Part II Intelligent Governance: Theory and Practice 5 Intelligent Governance: Tenets and Template 103 6 Rebooting California?s Dysfunctional Democracy 126 7 The G-20: Global Governance from Summits to Subnational Networks 149 8 Europe: Political Union and the Democratic Deficit 164 Part III Conclusion 9 Survival of the Wisest 181 Notes 185

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Nicolas Berggruen is President and Chairman of the Nicolas Berggruen Institute. Nathan Gardels is Editor of New Perspectives Quarterly.


Selected as one of the Financial Times' best books of2012 "A fascinating book (and) a powerful sign of the times." Financial Times "This thought-provoking book is a great read and an importantcritique of modern times." LSE Review of Books "A brilliantly insightful and provocative book on the central issueof our time: effective governance. Democracies and autocraticsystems are both at risk of failure on a broad front. Berggruen and Gardels courageously invite us and the nextgeneration to tackle this problem head on, with humility and openminds." Michael Spence, Nobel laureate, Chairman of the World BankCommission on Growth and Development, and author of The NextConvergence "Berggruen and Gardels bring invaluable insights into why ourWestern democracies have become so dysfunctional. They argue thatunless we develop a long-term governance perspective, today's'consumer democracy' will undermine its own future. Abrilliant starting point in an urgently needed discussion about howwe govern ourselves in this new era." Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief, HuffingtonPost/AOL "Do we have something to learn from China's political experience?The authors breach the taboo and say yes, imagining a politicalsystem that combines accountability and meritocracy and sketchingan emergent globalization that could reenergize multilateralism.Truly a thought-provoking book." Pascal Lamy, Director General of the World TradeOrganization "Drawing on precepts and practices from both West and East,Berggruen and Gardels provide a thoughtful and attention-grabbingview on what constitutes 'intelligent governance'. Required readingfor anyone reflecting on how best to deal with the multiplyingchallenges faced by all our societies." Zhang Weiwei, author of The China Wave: Rise of aCivilizational State "The rise of the West once led to the subjugation of the East. Willthe rise of the East lead inevitably to another cycle of war andrevolution in the world, or will we have the wisdom to break thatcycle? This moral challenge confronts each of us as politicalcitizens of the planet we share, and Berggruen and Gardels put itsquarely before the reader." George Yeo, former foreign minister of Singapore

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