Notes and Contributions: The new battle of ideas: How an intellectural revolution will reshape society

Publication date: 1 Oct 2021 | Publication type: National Institute Economic Review | External Author(s): Collier, P | JEL Classification: A12; A13; B55; P11; P17; P26 | Journal: National Institute Economic Review No. 257 | Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Britain, like many other societies within the OECD, has been facing cumulative and interdependent social, political, and economic crises which came to a head shortly before COVID. The shock of COVID has accentuated these crises, creating a state of policy flux in which all long-established intellectual frameworks have proved inadequate: across the OECD, public policy has largely abandoned them. Fortunately, across the social sciences, history and philosophy there have been important new advances by major scholars which cohere and provide a more sophisticated account of society. While they will ultimately prove inadequate as new complexities emerge, for the present that offer the best guide available for policy. This essay provides an integrated review of this recent literature and relates it to some of the key policy problems.

Keyword tags: 
uncertainty
social cohesion
community
anxiety