Beveridge 2.0: Redefining the social contract

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School of Public Policy, LSE


Beveridge 2.0. Redefining the Social Contract is an initiative that brings the LSE community together with the intent of exploring avenues for collaborative cross-disciplinary research.


Over three-quarters of a Century after the original Beveridge Report, which laid the foundations for the welfare state in the UK, new challenges have emerged putting strain on social sustainability and forcing us to reconsider the conditions underpinning the social contract.

These challenges bring to the fore cross-cutting questions - from issues of rights and expectations of citizens with respect to welfare provision and democratic institutions, to questions around financial, environmental and social sustainability, but also to the values and goals that welfare states seek to promote.

These questions require a global perspective and a focus on their interconnectedness.

This can only be achieved through fostering dialogue across disciplines and Beveridge 2.0. Redefining the Social Contract aims to provide the space for this dialogue, recognizing the unique position of the LSE in contributing to the research and public debate around the solutions suited to the demands of the twenty-first century.