In The Unfinished Global Revolution former United Nations Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch-Brown diagnoses the central global predicament of the 21st century: as we've become more integrated, we've also become less governed. Domestic problems facing individual nations—from unemployment to environmental distress—increasingly arise from international roots. As national politicians lose control to impersonal global forces they'll be forced to become more effective participants in such international mechanisms as the United Nations, which may offer the only viable solutions. Meanwhile, ad hoc arrangements between NGOs, civil society, and the private sector are more and more often filling the gap created by the failures of individual governments.
In the wake of the worldwide economic crisis of 2008, many have been forced to acknowledge that a global economy needs global institutions to govern it. And what's true for finance, Malloch-Brown argues, is surely true for public health, poverty, and climate change. The Unfinished Global Revolution is a call to embrace more powerful international institutions as well as the values needed to underpin a truly globalist agenda: the rule of law, human rights, and opportunity for all.