The International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) is an independent association of top research scholars with the goal of assessing methods for improving the main institutions of modern societies. The IPSP has produced a report consisting of twenty-two chapters in three volumes that distills the research of these scholars and outlines what the best social science has to say about positive social change. Written in accessible language by scholars across the social sciences and humanities, these volumes assess the achievements of world societies in past centuries, the current trends, the dangers that we are now facing, and the possible futures in the twenty-first century. It covers the main socio-economic, political, and cultural dimensions of social progress, global as well as regional issues, and the diversity of challenges and their interplay around the world. The authors offer a cautious optimistic conclusion: multiple ideas for social progress and better policies are already available and deserve to be tested and implemented.
The International Panel on Social Progress brings together more than 300 scholars from all disciplines of social sciences and the humanities, and from all continents. Since 2014, the mission of the Panel has been to gather expertise and disseminate knowledge on the perspectives for social progress around the world in the coming decades. The Panel is an independent initiative supported by more than thirty scientific or academic institutions and international foundations. With Amartya Sen as President, Nancy Fraser, Ravi Kanbur and Helga Nowotny as co-chairs of the Scientific Council, the Panel has been co-directed by Olivier Bouin and Marc Fleurbaey.
Volume 1: Introduction to Volume 1; 1. Social trends and new geographies; 2. Social progress: a compass; 3. Economic inequality and social progress; 4. Economic growth, human development and welfare; 5. Cities and social progress; 6. Markets, finance, and corporations: does capitalism have a future?; 7. The future of work - good jobs for all; 8. Social justice, well-being, and economic organization; Authors; Index. Volume 2: Introduction to Volume 2; 9. The paradoxes of democracy and the rule of law; 10. Violence, wars, peace, security; 11. International organizations and the technologies of governance; 12. Governing capital, labor and nature in a changing world; 13. Media and communications; 14. Challenges of inequality to democracy; Authors; Index. Volume 3: Introduction to Volume 3; 15. Social progress and cultural change; 16. Religions and social progress: critical assessments and creative partnerships; 17. Pluralization of families; 18. Global health and the changing contours of human life; 19. The contribution of education to social progress; 20. Belonging; 21. The multiple directions of social progress: ways forward; 22. The contribution of the social sciences to policy and institutional change; Authors; Index.