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Creating a New Moral Political Economy

Courtesy of TEDxMarin

Now in its third year, the moral political economy program has grown to a network of over 100 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: an endeavor made more critical by COVID-19, the racial justice movement, and increased political polarization across the globe. 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 critical elements of a new framework where we can have the biggest impact: human flourishing, moral markets, corporate purpose, re-imagining work and workers, racial justice, technology, pedagogy, and the creation of a new narrative.

This program is led by Margaret Levi with the assistance of CASBS Program Director Zachary Ugolnik. 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 (


Fairer Tomorrow: Solutions to the Issues highlighted by COVID

Read the announcement of the Fairer Tomorrow website launch here

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.