Minouche Shafik: Recipe for a Better Society

Join Kezia Dugdale, Director of the John Smith Centre, and Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for a conversation around what the key principles for a social contract for every society around the world would look like.

The event will take place online between 16:15 – 17:15 on the 23 August 2021. You can register for the event here.

The question of the modern social contract is eminently addressed by Shafik in her landmark new book, What We Owe Each Other. She argues that it is time we created a new social contract – with the key elements of a better social contract recognising our interdependencies, supports and invests more in each other, and expects more of individuals in return.

In a conversation with Kezia Dugdale, Shafik will explain that we need to fundamentally reorder and equalise how opportunity and security are distributed across society.

Kezia Dugdale, speaking ahead of the event:

“This is going to be a fascinating conversation delving into what a social contract for every society around the world would look like. The subject of a new social contract and the trust this can foster between citizens and their governments has become a pressing debate in recent years, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In her book, Shafik tackles such questions as how do we pool risks, share resources and balance individual with collective responsibility? What part do we each have to play? Do we trust our leaders enough to act in our interests and to take difficult, long term decisions. These are all topics I look forward to exploring with her and the audience on the 23 August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.”

Minouche Shafik is the director of the London School of Economics and a hugely influential economist who was formerly Vice President of the World Bank and Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.