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Creating a New Moral Political Economy

Courtesy of TEDxMarin

The moral political economy program is a network of over 80 academics, journalists, politicians, civil society activists, and technologists concerned with the future of capitalist democracies. The program emerged from the recognition that the current political economic framework is fraying and seeks to build a new one. The new framework draws on the best social scientific knowledge about humans and their behavior to better serve the needs of individuals, society, and the environment. 

The network is organized in a number of working groups focusing on the institutions of the new framework; the values that those institutions should embed; the role of technology in shaping individual and group behavior, as well as a primary economic engine; the vision we strive toward; and the pedagogical strategies needed to disseminate new ideas. 

This program is led by Margaret Levi. Former CASBS program director Federica Carugati, now at King's College, continues to play a leadership role.

The moral political economy program has received funding from the Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Berggruen Institute, Reid Hoffman, and an anonymous donor.

For more information, please contact CASBS program director Zachary Ugolnik (

Publications and Links

Read the project’s framing piece here.

Access an interview with Margaret Levi speaking about the project here. The interview is part of "Human Centered," a podcast about the Center's projects and the scholars who undertake them. Renowned journalist and former CASBS fellow John Markoff serves as host.