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Renewing the American Social Contract

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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.


Previous Papers from the Next Social Contract Initiative