This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License.
It is free to read, download and share on Elgaronline.com. This seminal book
addresses the critical and urgent question of ‘what makes welfare states
sustainable?’ in the era of climate change. Expert authors challenge traditional
perspectives on questions of sustainability which have focused on population ageing,
global economic turbulence and on containing current and future public social
In this timely book, leading scholar Oran Young reflects on the future of the global order. Developing new lenses through which to consider needs for governance arising on a global scale, Young investigates the grand challenges of the 21st century requiring the most urgent and sustained planetary responses: protecting the Earth’s climate system; controlling the eruption of pandemics; suppressing disruptive uses of cyberspace; and guiding the biotechnology revolution.