GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

Foresight in Governments: Practices and Trends around the World


Introduction Excerpt

This study provides the initial results of a survey of foresight activities undertaken
by a select group of governments around the world.

The study was begun following the recent initiative by European Union (EU) institutions to build a joint foresight capacity (European Strategy and Policy Analysis System – ESPAS) that assesses long-term global trends to help them strengthen policy planning. In addition to contributing to the discussion about this new EU activity, the study is also intended to be of interest for the wider European policy
planning community and to anyone interested in learning about how governments practise ‘the art of the long view’ (Schwartz, 1991).


This piece in a chapter in the EUISS Yearbook of European Security 2013.

© EU Institute for Security Studies, 2013.