In our Future of Government research section we consider how technological advances and societal developments will change the way we organise (and protect) our communities and provide collective services, benefits and systems of governance.
We take an apolitical position in our research because, whether you ‘like’ politics or not and whilst the ‘colour’ of the political dominance is typically cyclical, we have submitted to systems of central governance for several millennia which is more significant than a snapshot of current policy.
These systems have tremendous power over our societies, creating laws that must be obeyed, taxes that must be paid in return for the protection of the state and the concept of citizenship.
Will we continue to give mandate to this system or demand changes? Will we see the consolidation of nation states into larger blocks or the creation of independent ‘city states’ or decentralised citizenship? Will technology (data, military and others) consolidate power to a few super-powers or level the playing field for developing nations?