This edited collection examines some hotly debated issues in today's world. The significance of globalization and its effects on welfare states is discussed and analysed. A special chapter is devoted to terrorism. It is explained and analysed why some people are willing to sacrifice their lives to gain 'heavenly goods'. The role of multinationals in the globalization process in analysed as is the importance of changing and evolving social norms regarding work and leisure for the survival of today's welfare states.