Austerity has failed. And Covid-19 now presents us with the biggest challenge in 70 years. We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the last crisis. We need a different approach – one that recognises the importance of a strong social contract and a state capable of upholding it.
This issue tackles some of the questions underlying the welfare debate: what would a stronger social contract look like? Is a more universalist approach desirable? And how do we build the political support to get there?
- Editorial/ Shreya Nanda, Chris Thomas, Rachel Statham, and Joshua Emden
- After the pandemic/ Alison Garnham
- There’s a crack in everything / Wim Van Lancker
- The Swedish social contract / Lars Trägårdh
- Review: Peter Sloman’s The Transfer State / Stewart Lansley
- Beyond universal basic income / Christine Berry
- Out of business? / Aveek Bhattacharya
- There is still a need for a universal welfare state / Bent Greve
- Intelligent kindness / John Ballatt, Penelope Campling, and Chris Maloney
- Fortune favours the affluent / Adrian Smith
- Will Covid-19 change attitudes towards the welfare state? / John Curtice
- Universal basic income and Covid-19 / Dr Rajiv Prabhakar
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.
Where are we going? Transport priorities for the next UK governmentThe UK needs a greener transport system that works better for people today and allows future generations to thrive.