As the year draws to a close, thoughts inevitably move on to the future and the year ahead. For the ESRC, this means looking at Britain in 2009 their annual publication that picks out some of the best Social Science research and asks what it says about the state of the nation.
Britain in 2009 is available in a number of High Street stores in the UK, including WHSmith, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco and Borders. It is priced at £4.95.
Features in this edition include:
- The return of depression economics? Government intervention in markets
- Sustainable living: can it work in Britain?
- Changing relationships: how friendship and family networks are evolving
- Surveillance: social benefit or genuine menace?
- President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva seeks greater international cooperation and sees a growing global role for the larger emerging economies.
- Queen of Jordan Rania calls for education reform.
- Former Secretary of State of the United States, Henry Kissinger argues America will be less powerful, but will still be the essential nation in creating a new world order.
- Mayor Boris Johnson of London argues against over-regulation.
Plus there are supplemental materials and ongoing discussions via The World in 2009 blog.
Predicting the future is always a tricky business – after all who would have foreseen that bailout would have been the word of the year according to Merriam-Webster – so soothsayers beware!