World politics has been surprised recently by two sudden
developments. The first took place around the beginning of 2007,
when the question of global warming rose abruptly to the top of the
agenda, after having been a factor in the background. The second
occurred in the autumn of 2008, when the rules for a global economy
started inspiring great anxiety, after having been regarded as a
source of stability. These two shifts took place independently, but... more...