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Rethinking Society for the 21st Century

Rethinking Society for the 21st Century
Report of the International Panel on Social Progress
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  • Editor: IPSP, International Panel on Social Progress
  • Date Published: July 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108399579

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About the Authors
  • 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.

    • Provides a comprehensive synthesis of social science on how to pursue social progress, useful for students, researchers, think tanks, administration experts, politicians, or NGOs who seek ideas and arguments
    • Avoids disciplinary limitations and goes beyond the usual Western perspective to offer many insights about the rest of the world and give perspectives from varying schools of thought
    • Offers a balanced assessment of the positive and negative aspects of current trends, with many ideas for improving institutions and policies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This ambitious project with contributions from more than 300 scholars engages in true interdisciplinary dialogue to consider the evolution of society and possibilities for long-term social change. Professors who teach on globalization, political and economic sociology, social justice, and similar topics will find this to be a very useful tool.' Kumari Jawayardena, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

    'A masterful, innovative, and challenging work by a highly qualified team of social scientists, which provides a wide, coherent set of insightful and penetrating analyses of the long-term structural processes of twenty-first century society with special regard to change-makers. The three volumes share the global, interdisciplinary approach of the International Social Science Council and the perspective of 2016 World Social Science Report on 'Challenging Inequalities'. They will provide a fundamental contribution to the implementation of the sustainable development goals of UN 2030 Agenda.' Alberto Martinelli, President of the International Social Science Council

    'The publication of the first Report of the International Panel on Social Progress is a significant intellectual event, both because of its hugely ambitious aim - of uniting the world's leading researchers from social sciences and the humanities to develop research-based, multi-disciplinary, non-partisan, action-guiding solutions to the central challenges of our time - and because it represents the completion of a mammoth effort in the service of this aim by a diverse set of 269 authors.' Alexander Raubo and Alex Voorhoeve, Economics and Philosophy

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    • Date Published: July 2018
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108399579
    • dimensions: 314 x 253 x 102 mm
    • weight: 3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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
    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
    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

  • Editor

    IPSP, International Panel on Social Progress
    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.

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