Imagining a New Moral Economy

Part of our webcast series, "SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19"

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The coronavirus outbreak has exposed how intricately interdependent we all are, and also the vulnerabilities baked into our societal and economic structures. As we address the crisis, we must also be mindful of the opportunity to create a different, safer future. How can we imagine a new economy that puts people, not profits, at the center and works to promote human flourishing? As communities come together to find empathetic and ethical responses to COVID-19, might we come out of this crisis closer to that vision?

The panel will be moderated by Hahrie Han, a professor of political science and director of the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


  • Angus Burgin is an associate professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, where he writes and teaches on the intellectual history of political economy since the late 19th century. He is author of The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression (2012), co-executive editor of the book series Intellectual History of the Modern Age, and co-editor of the journal Modern Intellectual History.
  • Margaret Levi is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and professor of political science at Stanford University. She is author of Of Rule and Revenue (1988) and Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (1997) and co-author of Analytic Narratives (1998), Cooperation without Trust? (2005); In the Interest of Others (2013), and Labor Standards in International Supply Chain (2016). She is general coeditor of the Annual Review of Political Science and an editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics.
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Previously, she served as the director of policy planning for the U.S. Department of State. She is author of several books, including The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World (2017), Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family (2016), and The Idea that Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007).


About SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19

As coronavirus spreads across the country and around the globe, we are facing a crisis not just in healthcare, but also in how we live, work, learn, engage, and come together to govern ourselves as citizens and in communities.

How do the politics of the pandemic shape the way individual, communities, and institutions respond? Likewise, how does institutional and governmental response to the pandemic shape people’s political views and behaviors? Do people trust what their governments are telling them? Why are some countries controlling the spread of the virus better than others? In the U.S., how will this affect the 2020 elections? And how do we practice social distancing and also protect and promote civic engagement and inclusive discourse?

SNF Agora Institute will host a series of webcast conversations, with experts from Johns Hopkins University and beyond, that will explore the political and policy implications of COVID-19.