This volume was completed during yet another crisis of modernity: the profound disaffection that many citizens of mature democracies seem to feel toward their ruling institutions and modes of governance at the end of what may be called the long twentieth century. Everywhere one turns, there is a sense that traditional forms of representation have failed. Unrest and demonstrations vie with apathy, but both action and inaction signal the same messages: cynicism about the state, an unquenched thirst for change, heightened demands for accountability, and an almost uncontrollable desire for freedom to chart one’s own and one’s children’s destinies. Neoliberalism, the dominant political and policy ideology of the moment, is the construct that seems most successfully to have ridden out this storm of discontent. Neoliberalism offers the dream of a slate wiped clean of state power and the institutions that wield it. For solutions to important public problems, so runs the neoliberal mantra, look to markets, not to states. Yet the Occupy movements of the end of the fi rst decade of the twenty-fi rst century, as well as the distrust and contempt for elites manifested across much of the developing world, suggest that mere displacement of public sector logics by private sector alternatives-most especially by unbridled American-style capitalism-will not prove to be robust solutions for the decades ahead.