By Seth Kaplan (Managing Editor)
Transitions often struggle due to underlying fault lines that divide societal groups and debilitate institutions. This publication highlights that a more comprehensive approach is needed, involving a combination of three building blocks: 1) the bringing together of different groups around a “social covenant” that bridges social divides and creates a greater common sense of nationhood; 2) the deliberate adoption of inclusiveness as a guiding principle across a broad range of policy areas (e.g. politics, education, rule of law, security, economics, culture); and 3) the establishment or strengthening of measures that enforce political commitments and reduce biases in how institutions work.
In explaining these three building blocks, the publication aims to enable national and international policymakers and practitioners to better understand and assess the underlying dynamics that influence how likely a country is to forge a strong, inclusive social contract.