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The endangered West : myopic elites and fragile social orders in a threatening world, John Higley

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The endangered West : myopic elites and fragile social orders in a threatening world
Title
The endangered West
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myopic elites and fragile social orders in a threatening world
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John Higley
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Language
eng
Summary
Bold political elites and unique forms of social order brought the West to world dominance, but both are weakening dramatically in the contemporary period. The Endangered West makes the case for the continuation of Western power on as wide a global basis as is prudent. Is the survival of Western influence possible, or must we resign ourselves to its eventually being subordinated to more ruthless powers? Higley lays out the main policy lines that successful leadership will have to follow to preserve and strengthen Western societies. These include avoiding futile involvements in the internal problems of non-Western countries and preserving sufficient social order to permit public and private organizations to function. The West will also have to find a way to regularize treatment of the growing number of those who lack employment; invent new forms of useful work for Westerners to perform; inhibit large in-migrations, and discourage population growth. Above all, the West must address the threat of environmental disaster. There is no certain result in the struggle, but such measures will help to prevent a slide into despotism or a lapse into barbarism. Half the battle is to hold on to what the West has and, if possible, extend it. Progress will be made if elites and opinion leaders address societies’ problems more competently. If the West’s prestige is restored, world tensions may gradually subside, making meeting global problems more possible. --
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Higley, John
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Social stratification
  • Political development
  • Economic development
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The endangered West : myopic elites and fragile social orders in a threatening world, John Higley
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Preface -- Introduction: paradigms and explanation in social science -- Limits to political and social aspiration -- The West's accidental and unique economic development -- Elites and political development in the West -- Ideological illusions in Western societies -- Social orders in the post-industrial West -- The West in a threatening world -- Limits on the West -- Epilogue: the liberal ideal as a realistic moral standard -- Bibliography
Control code
ocn952369699
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 228 pages
Isbn
9781412864152
Lccn
2016025822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)952369699
Label
The endangered West : myopic elites and fragile social orders in a threatening world, John Higley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction: paradigms and explanation in social science -- Limits to political and social aspiration -- The West's accidental and unique economic development -- Elites and political development in the West -- Ideological illusions in Western societies -- Social orders in the post-industrial West -- The West in a threatening world -- Limits on the West -- Epilogue: the liberal ideal as a realistic moral standard -- Bibliography
Control code
ocn952369699
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 228 pages
Isbn
9781412864152
Lccn
2016025822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)952369699

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