In the last few decades, the foundations of the American social contract -- the system of institutions and policies designed to empower and support citizens from childhood through work and retirement -- have started to crumble. As a result, we need to find ways to create a new social contract that fosters innovation and openness, encourages long-term growth and broadly-shared prosperity, and engages individuals and families not only as participants in the economy but also as citizens.
Renewing the American Social Contract is a series of major policy papers outlining bold proposals from leading thinkers for reforming American social policy in areas from wages and job creation to taxation and the welfare state. Representing diverse perspectives from across the political spectrum, the contributors to the series share a commitment to questioning orthodoxy and enlarging the boundaries of debate.
The papers will be released from November, 2012 to January, 2013, and will conclude with the capstone paper "The Next Social Contract: An American Agenda for Reform" by Michael Lind.
- by Ron Unz, Publisher, The American Conservative (November 15)
- by Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research (November 19)
- by Robert Kuttner, Co-Editor, The American Prospect (November 26)
- by Bruce Bartlett, Columnist, The Fiscal Times (November 28)
- by Mike Konczal, Fellow, the Roosevelt Institute (December 3)
- by Steven Attewell, Doctoral Candidate, UC-Santa Barbara (December 6)
- by Steven Teles, Associate Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University (December 10)
- by Peter Lindert, Distinguished Professor of Economics, UC-Davis (December 17)
- by Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center
- by Michael Lind, Steven Hill, Robert Hiltonsmith, and Joshua Freedman
- by Michael Lind, Policy Director -- Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation (forthcoming)
Previous Papers from the Next Social Contract Initiative
- by Sherle R. Schwenninger, Director, Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation
- by Jeff Madrick, Senior Fellow, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis
- by Greg Anrig, Vice President of Policy and Programs, The Century Foundation
- by Michael Lind and Lauren Damme, New America Foundation
- by Steven Attewell, Doctoral Candidate, UC-Santa Barbara