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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be

Book Description

Power is shifting—from large, stable armies to loose bands of insurgents, from corporate leviathans to nimble start-ups, and from presidential palaces to public squares. But power is also changing, becoming harder to use and easier to lose. As a result, argues award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím, all leaders have less power than their predecessors, and the potential for upheaval is unprecedented. In The End of Power, Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. The antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Drawing on provocative, original research and a lifetime of experience in global affairs, Naím explains how the end of power is reconfiguring our world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface: How This Book Came About
  7. Chapter One: The Decay of Power
    1. Have You Heard of James Black Jr.?
    2. From the Chess Board . . . to Everything Around Us
    3. What Changed?
    4. The Decay of Power: Is It New? Is It True? So What?
    5. But What Is Power?
    6. The Decay of Power: What’s at Stake?
  8. Chapter Two: Making Sense of Power: How It Works and How to Keep It
    1. How to Talk About Power
    2. How Power Works
    3. Why Power Shifts—or Stays Steady
    4. The Importance of Barriers to Power
    5. The Blueprint: Explaining Market Power
    6. Barriers to Entry: A Key to Market Power
    7. From Barriers to Entry to Barriers to Power
  9. Chapter Three: How Power Got Big: An Assumption’s Unquestioned Rise
    1. Max Weber, or Why Size Made Sense
    2. How the World Went Weberian
    3. The Myth of the Power Elite?
  10. Chapter Four: How Power Lost Its Edge: The More, Mobility, And Mentality Revolutions
    1. So What Has Changed?
    2. The More Revolution: Overwhelming the Means of Control
    3. The Mobility Revolution: The End of Captive Audiences
    4. The Mentality Revolution: Taking Nothing for Granted Anymore
    5. How Does It Work?
    6. Revolutionary Consequences: Undermining the Barriers to Power
    7. Barriers Down: The Opportunity for Micropowers
  11. Chapter Five: Why are Landslides, Majorities, And Mandates Endangered Species? The Decay of Power in National Politics
    1. From Empires to States: The More Revolution and the Proliferation of Countries
    2. From Despots to Democrats
    3. From Majorities to Minorities
    4. From Parties to Factions
    5. From Capitals to Regions
    6. From Governors to Lawyers
    7. From Leaders to Laymen
    8. Hedge Funds and Hacktivists
    9. The Political Centrifuge
  12. Chapter Six: Pentagons Versus Pirates: The Decaying Power of Large Armies
    1. The Big Rise of Small Forces
    2. The End of the Ultimate Monopoly: The Use of Violence
    3. A Tsunami of Weapons
    4. The Decay of Power and the New Rules of War
  13. Chapter Seven: Whose World Will It Be? Vetoes, Resistance, And Leaks—Or Why Geopolitics is Turning Upside Down
    1. The Stakes of Hegemony
    2. The New Ingredients
    3. If Not Hegemony, Then What?
    4. Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Traditional Power at Bay
    5. Soft Power for All
    6. The New Rules of Geopolitics
    7. Just Say No
    8. From Ambassadors to Gongos: The New Emissaries
    9. Alliances of the Few
    10. Anyone in Charge Here?
  14. Chapter Eight: Business As Unusual: Corporate Dominance Under Siege
    1. In the Land of Bosses, Authority, and Hierarchy
    2. What Is Globalization Doing to Business Concentration?
    3. The Power and Peril of Brands
    4. Market Power: The Antidote to Business Insecurity
    5. Barriers Are Down, Competition Is Up
    6. New Entrants and New Opportunities
    7. What Does All This Mean?
  15. Chapter Nine: Hyper-Competition For Your Soul, Heart, And Brain
    1. Religion: The Nine Billion Names of God
    2. Labor: New Unions and Nonunions
    3. Philanthropy: Putting the Bono in Pro Bono
    4. Media: Everyone Reports, Everyone Decides
  16. Chapter Ten: The Decay Of Power: Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?
    1. Celebrating the Decay of Power
    2. What’s Not to Like? The Dangers of Decay
    3. Political Paralysis as Collateral Damage of the Decay of Power
    4. Ruinous Competition
    5. Be Careful What You Wish For: Overdosing on Checks and Balances
    6. Five Risks
  17. Chapter Eleven: Power is Decaying: So What? What to Do?
    1. Get Off the Elevator
    2. Make Life Harder for the “Terrible Simplifiers”
    3. Bring Trust Back
    4. Strengthen Political Parties: The Lessons from Occupy Wall Street and Al Qaeda
    5. Increase Political Participation
    6. The Coming Surge of Political Innovations
  18. Appendix: Democracy and Political Power
  19. Acknowledgments
  20. Notes
  21. Bibliography
  22. Index