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The Lack of Policy for Working Families

With the decline of welfare capitalism putting more strains on the basic American social contract, policies to protect working families are failing to meet our needs, writes Josh Freedman.
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The American Social Contract

Michael Lind and David McNamee outline the five elements that make up the American social contract: economic liberty, economic access, economic ability, economic adequacy, and economic security.
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Unequal and Unstable

Anant Thaker and Elizabeth Williamson argue that it is no coincidence that the history of the past century reveals a striking correlation between income inequality and financial crises.
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Inequality, Wages and Financial Crises

Sam Sherraden explores recent findings on the connections between inequality, unemployment, and financial instability and discusses the implications for the global economy going forward.
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The Way Forward

Daniel Alpert, Robert Hockett, and Nouriel Roubini explain how to reorient the United States from the post-bubble, post-bust economy to renewed growth and competitiveness.
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Policy Papers

Raising American Wages...by Raising American Wages
November 15, 2012
Economic Security Through Employment Assurance
January 27, 2012
The Progressive Case for Corporate Tax Reform
January 26, 2012
Unequal and Unstable
January 11, 2012
The Way Forward
October 10, 2011
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In the News

“Fiscal Cliff” Concerns Intensify | The Epoch Times
Michael Lind
November 13, 2012
Economists Look For Ways To Avoid The "Fiscal Cliff" | C-Span
Michael Lind
November 13, 2012
How The United States Can Maintain Its Global Edge | The Atlantic
Michael Lind
Sherle R. Schwenninger
November 9, 2012
To The Presidential Victor Goes the Spoils: A Broken Washington | Le Monde
Michael Lind
November 6, 2012
Obama Adviser Admits: 'We Need Death Panels' | Wnd.Com
Michael Lind
October 1, 2012
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Articles and Op-Eds

Lind: Is America Still a Land of Great Promise?
October 01 | Newsday
Michael Lind
U.S. Leaves Working Families in the Lurch
September 27 | CNN
Joshua Freedman
The British Seeds of American Decline
July 31 | The Globalist
Michael Lind
American History Lessons for the Eurozone
July 05 | Financial Times
Michael Lind
The Movement Has Fizzled Out
June 20 | New York Times
Michael Lind
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Transcripts and Resources

Government Spending Through the Tax Code Is Invisible and Regressive
Daniel Mandel
August 3, 2011
Laura D’Andrea Tyson on Infrastructure and the State of the U.S. Economy
Laura Tyson
June 23, 2010
What Will Replace The American Consumer?
Sherle R. Schwenninger
Samuel Sherraden
November 2, 2009
America's Debt Overhang
Samuel Sherraden
Sherle R. Schwenninger
October 19, 2009

About the Project

In light of the dramatic ongoing technological and economic changes in the world, the United States requires more than incremental reforms. The purpose of the Next Social Contract Initiative is to fundamentally rethink our inherited social contract, the system of institutions and policies designed to empower and support citizens from childhood and work through retirement. Inspired by the premise that economic security and opportunity are mutually reinforcing, a new social contract should foster innovation and entrepreneurship, encourage long-term growth and broadly shared prosperity, and engage individuals and families not only as participants in the economy but also as citizens.

Next Social Contract Initiative Staff

Joshua Freedman
Policy Analyst, Economic Growth Program

Joshua Freedman is a policy analyst in the Economic Growth Program at the...

Michael Lind
Policy Director, Economic Growth Program

Michael Lind is Policy Director of New America’s Economic Growth Program. ...

Events

A Vision for Economic Renewal
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