Globalisation is an elusive and contested concept, yet one with descriptive and intuitive plausibility. 1 We experience the economic and cultural dimensions of global interdependencies everyday—whether in an Udipi restaurant in Chicago, or a Pizza Hut in Hyderabad, or as consumers of Bollywood films in Australia. We may dislike many aspects of globalisation, but to change it we need to ‘analyse it in such a way as to clarify the manner in which it can be changed’ (Sutcliffe 2002:41). The aim of this volume is to critically examine the dynamics and dilemmas of globalisation with a particular focus on India and Australia. Its distinctive contribution is to bring a juxtaposition of Indian and Australian perspectives to bear on interpretations of globalisation and some of its specific manifestations. It offers a broad-ranging interdisciplinary study that confirms the unfolding of a profound, though indeterminate transformation of governance.