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Six treatments of global ruling power/governance and prospects for the future: an overview*

Dennis R. Morgan (Full Professor, English Interpretation and Translation Division, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Republic of Korea)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 13 April 2015




The aim of this paper is to test and explore the hypothesis global ruling power, as well as review the six approaches featured in the special edition on global governance/ruling power.


Anthropological and historical records are presented as support for the emergence of ruling power in society; moreover, evidence of global ruling governance/power is reviewed in the six papers featured in the special edition.


Alternatives for global governance are reviewed in two papers, while four papers present evidence in support of the thesis of the emergence of a transnational ruling power/class.

Research limitations/implications

Because global ruling power exists informally and surreptitiously, the exact mechanisms of control are difficult to delineate, especially due to the fact that the Powers that Be spend much effort to block research into this area; however, this special edition opens up a promising area for new research efforts into global ruling power and the potential for global democracy.

Practical implications

Practical implications, although minimal in the short-term, increase as awareness grows, and policy alternatives are considered for the transition to a long-term, democratic global future.

Social implications

Once social consciousness grows about the non-democratic, authoritarian nature of global ruling power/elite, the more the momentum will grow for reforms in the direction of global democracy – towards a more sustainable and equitable global system, politically, economically and ecologically.


This paper represents a relatively new area for interdisciplinary research into global futures. Futurists, political scientists and sociologists should find it valuable.



*This work is supported by the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Research fund of 2015.


Morgan, D.R. (2015), "Six treatments of global ruling power/governance and prospects for the future: an overview*", Foresight, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 97-111.



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