This is the first of three volumes containing a report from the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). The IPSP is an independent association of top research scholars with the goal of assessing methods for improving the main institutions of modern societies. 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. This particular volume covers topics such as economic inequality and growth, finance and corporations, labor, capitalism, and social justice.
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.
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.