History of the Next Social Contract

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The American social contract—the implicit division of obligations among individuals, families, employers, communities, and government—has long needed an update. Policies, programs, and assumptions designed for the single-earner families and industrial workplaces of the postwar era are consistently failing to provide security and opportunities for families today. New America took up the mission of designing a new social contract in 2007 and was the first organization to frame its vision in these terms. The initiative that followed generated vital ideas that continue to shape debate and policymaking.

Capstone Publications

Beyond the Low-Wage Social Contract, Michael Lind and Joshua Freedman, September 10, 2013

The Next Social Contract: An American Agenda for Reform, Michael Lind, June 10, 2013

Renewing the American Social Contract, Michael Lind, Joshua Freedman, and Greg Anrig, April 29, 2013

Policy Proposals

Expanded Social Security, Joshua Freedman, Steven Hill, Michael Lind and Robert Hiltonsmith, April 3, 2013

Paid Family Leave, Lauren Damme, March 31, 2011

The Dignity Voucher Program, Michael Lind and Lauren Damme, July 15, 2010

Total Tax Credit, Michael Lind, Spring 2008

First Principles

Kludgeocracy: The American Way of Policy, Steven M. Teles, December 10, 2012

No Discount: Comparing the Public Option to the Coupon Welfare State, Mike Konczal, December 3, 2012

US/Europe: Shaping a new model of economic development, Sherle R. Schwenninger, June 1, 2010

A Family-Based Social Contract, David Gray and Phillip Longman, November 25, 2008

Yeoman’s Return, Phillip Longman, January 31, 2008

The American Social Contract: From Drift to Mastery, Mark Schmitt, November 1, 2007

A Citizen-Based Social Contract, Michael Lind, June 20, 2007

Additional Publications

America’s Debt Problem, Joshua Freedman and Sherle R. Schwenninger, December 1, 2015

The U.S. Economy after the Great Recession,  Samuel Sherraden and Sherle R. Schwenninger, March 4, 2014

The American Middle Class Under Stress, Samuel Sherraden and Sherle R. Schwenninger, April 27, 2011

A New Social Contract,  Sherle R. Schwenninger, 2010

The Danger of Long-Term Structural Unemployment, Lauren Damme and Sherle R. Schwenninger, July 12, 2010

The Worrying Return of Inequality, Lauren Damme and Sherle R. Schwenninger, April 13, 2010