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The coronavirus crisis has exposed frailties in our economic and social model, highlighting the need to boost resilience – not just to short-term medical threats, but to the deeper problems that have long been ignored. It will require a rethink of economic arrangements: about pay and jobs, business and finance, and the role of the state. Covid-19 is a global shock, but it may also be transformative for western democracies, particularly the US and UK – ushering in an upheaval of the 40-year “Thatcher-Reagan” consensus, which prioritised free markets and free trade. Little changed after the financial crisis beyond more regulation of banks – a passivity that helped lead to Trump, Brexit and the new age of nationalist populism. The same could happen again. But we could also be moving into an era of a much bigger state and a shake-up in the relationship between capital and labour.
As we recover and rebuild, around what ideas should we structure politics, society and the economy?
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