The global economy as a model for growth is increasingly being questioned because its effects seem too complex, too uncontrollable and too risky. What are the prospects of gaining control of this risk situation? What chance of success does global risk management have? This question is posed in the first edition of the new series Global Choices from the Bertelsmann Foundation, which was produced in conjunction with Z_punkt, and has now been published. The study is based on estimates by experts in 35 countries. The starting point for the analysis was a greater understanding of economic risks, taking account of micro- and macroeconomic contexts as well as the inclusion of socioeconomic environments and also actor-specific risk situations. The overall picture provides a comprehensive view of the context-dependent assessment of global economic risks.