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Running Out of Control
R. Alan Hedley
Price: $ 24.95

With novel arguments and sound evidence the book invites us to view globalization as extension of control, based on information communication technology and driven by trans-national corporations. "Globalized control goes hand in hand with increased inequality and endangers ecological survival. Paradoxically, it also increases network vulnerability by surprise events and unintended effects as well as conscious action by terrorist, the Mafia or other criminal ¿brotherhoods¿. Globalized control at risk by globalized control. Alan Hedley's book ends with suggestions for positive action. I recommend it as a guide for both the (un)concerned citizen and scientists."- Egon Matzner , Professor of Public Finance, University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Globalization is reducing our ability to control our life chances in an increasingly interconnected world. Employing a systems-theory perspective, Hedley contends that although historically humankind has gained increasing control over its fate, the trajectory of control is now on a downward course. Paradoxically, although the primary objectives of modern globalization include greater scale, access, speed, efficiency, and predictability ¿ or in a word, control ¿ Hedley asserts that our greater connectedness leaves humankind more vulnerable to unforeseen risks than many systems independently organized. He produces evidence from the many system failures in the globally connected information and communications infrastructure. Moreover, given increasing human population, rising human aspirations, and growing global instability, all taking place within a finite global eco-enviroment, increased human control from further technological innovation becomes less and less likely, and ecological crises more potentially devastating. Hedley concludes by discussing various approaches and strategies to deal with the problems identified.

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