The global financial and economic crisis started in 2008 with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Four years later, despite massive national and international countermeasures, it is still not over. This volume examines the considerable economic, social and political consequences of the present global crisis for world society. In particular, the 16 contributions focus on three central issues: Firstly, crisis impacts on world society structures and evolutionary dynamics, secondly, crisis perceptions and public discourses with their social and political consequences and, thirdly, experience of the global crisis at local and regional levels, as well as the responses to it.
Christian Suter is Professor of Sociology at the University of Neuchâtel and President of the World Society Foundation, Zurich/Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Mark Herkenrath is Associate Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Zurich and board member of the World Society Foundation, Zurich/Neuchâtel, Switzerland.