While the economy still has many uniquely positive attributes, something is fundamentally wrong: we can no longer count on economic growth to deliver broadly shared prosperity. My new book, The Reconnection Agenda, presents a robust agenda to reunite growth with real improvements in low- and middle-income people’s lives.
Politicians of both parties have begun to decry wage stagnation, inequality, and lack of opportunity for children growing up in poverty. But identifying these issues is only half the battle. The Reconnection Agenda focuses on stocking up our policy toolbox with ideas to address them:
Even while powerful economic elites block common-sense solutions, the demand for a reconnection agenda is growing, the last chapter explains. It’s critical for Americans to recognize the difference between policies that will actually help and those that will only exacerbate the forces that for decades now have been preventing growth from reaching most Americans.
In this vein, I hope The Reconnection Agenda provides a reader-friendly and fun (really!) look at what’s gone wrong and how to fix it. Also, the book is downloadable for free — how’s that for a whack at the forces of economic darkness?