We're seeing states reacting to instability by closing borders, hording wealth and solidifying power. But is this the way forward?

Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist argues that this insularity, together with increased economic inequality threatens the future role of the West as a font of stability, prosperity and security. Part of the problem is that principles of liberal democracy have been suborned, with groups such as bankers accruing too much power and wealth.

So how is this threat to be countered? To survive, the West needs to be porous, open and flexible. From reinventing welfare systems to redefining the working age, from reimagining education to embracing automation, Emmott lays out the changes the West must make to revive itself in the moment and avoid a deathly rigid future.

Free extracts

- Read Chapter 6: European paralysis

Read the introduction 

Watch Bill Emmott talking to the FT about How to Keep the West Liberal below.

The Fate of the West by Bill Emmott is out now.