The G8 Summit to be hosted by Prime Minister Tony Blair in Scotland next month is the direct descendant of the ﬁrst gathering, at Rambouillet thirty years ago. Andrew Shonﬁeld, then Director of Chatham House, commended the ‘Rambouillet effect’ in The World Today for May 1976, because ‘political decisions taken at a high level … galvanise national ofﬁcials … obsessed by the minutiae of narrowly conceived national interests’.
The summit today pursues the same objectives as its predecessor back in 1975: political leadership in overcoming bureaucratic blockages; collective management by Europe, North America and Japan; and reconciling the domestic and international pressures created by advancing globalisation. But can we hope for a Gleneagles effect? And what would it be if we got it?