The International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) is a new attempt at saying something about the social and economic problems of today without relying exclusively on today’s economics. It seems a very interesting project and I am looking forward to see some of their chapters. The IPSP describes themselves in the following:
The International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) will harness the competence of hundreds of experts about social issues and will deliver a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians and decision-makers, in order to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change.
The Panel will seek consensus whenever possible but will not hide controversies and will honestly present up-to-date arguments and analyses, and debates about them, in an accessible way.
The Panel will have no partisan political agenda, but will aim at restoring hope in social progress and stimulating intellectual and public debates. Different political and philosophical views may conceive of social progress in different ways, emphasizing values such as freedom, dignity, or equality.
The Panel will retain full independence from political parties, governments, and organizations with a partisan agenda.
While the Panel will primarily work for the dissemination of knowledge to all relevant actors in society, it will also foster research on the topics it will study and help to revive interest for research in social long-term prospective analysis.
IPSP includes some economists like Sen, Arrow and Atikinson, but it seems that a more united social science front has been formed. Over at Crooked Timber one can find some impressions of the latest meeting in Istanbul.