Building a New Social Contract for a New Economy

Starting in the 1970s in the US and the 1980s in many Western countries the macroeconomic performance of economies and the lived economic experience of large numbers of citizens de-coupled. In this talk I will argue that this “great de-coupling” led to a breaking of the social contract which in turn has led to psychological reactions that have fed the rise of voter anger and populism. I will explore hypotheses on the causes of this great de-coupling, what aspects of the social contract broke, and how a new contract might be re-constructed. I will close by discussing the urgency of accelerating institutional innovation and constructing a new social contract that is robust to accelerating technology change.