The global financial crisis (GFC) has challenged much of conventional wisdom. Our conception of globalisation has been called into question. In particular, the Washington Consensus with its emphasis on deregulation and the shrinking of the state has been undermined. Instead, the importance of the state as regulator, investor and indeed economic saviour has been emphasised. We need then to readdress the relationship between globalisation, the crisis and the state, and this is the main objective of this book. The purpose of this chapter is firstly to give an overview of the main issues arising from the relationship between globalisation, the GFC and the modern state, and secondly to outline the contents of the other chapters.