Most of us feel that the brave new world of globalism hasn't delivered. If, as our leaders tell us, the industrial and technological revolutions existed to make our lives freer and easier, why are we still stressed? In a time of unprecedented prosperity for the Western world, why do we feel impoverished? Geoff Davies explains how the economic systems under which we live do not fit the needs of the people they're supposed to serve. Drawing on his scientific background, he describes the way the natural world operates and argues that there is no reason why economies can't operate according to the same principles as the human societies and the living systems from which they have emerged. Economia is an engagingly written, far-reaching critique that provides compelling evidence for a new way of thinking about our institutions, the natural world and ourselves.