The authors of this book agree that the contours of a ‘different’ economic and political order are emerging as China is in the process of overtaking the USA as the world’s largest economy, and a few other East and South Asian countries are steadily increasing their presence in global markets. The West is effectively struggling to hold on to its global pre-eminence, but the torch is slowly (albeit uncertainly) passing to a new generation of international players. Some version of a new multilateral order is emerging. It is one that is both different from the previous one, but also marked by multiple and significant continuities. This in itself is perhaps not surprising, and in this volume we set out to address several key questions that might help us better understand the directions, depth, consistency, longterm consequences and durability of this shift. In asking these questions, we also became, perhaps unavoidably, entangled in a side debate on the concept of development, as most authors have their own version/vision of it - as per Robert Shenton and Michael Cowen, the ‘belief that the powers of productive force … could be controlled’ and reshaped by the deliberate actions of the state, people and capital. Our goal was to go ‘beyond’ (as the title of the book suggests) the new fashion of simply analysing, inventing and/or supporting new dividing lines within the global system.