2020 - 2060

Chapter Eight: The Future Of The State

I. Introduction

The introductory chapter and Book One traced the origins and development of human society and the State, and outlined the forces which are tending to undermine the power of the State over the lives of individuals; globalization and the Internet being foremost among these.

This chapter focuses on how the nation state is likely to adapt as its traditional control over citizens is threatened during the next fifty years by shrinking revenues and the growing role of alternative, more human-scale models for its current functions, many of them orchestrated through the Internet or provided by globalized organizations.