Is the “new normal” really new?: Systemic change or a re-established old system?

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Is the "new normal" really new?: Systemic change or a re-established old system?

Today's crises have driven international institutions to look into the economic and financial systems and norms that brought us to this critical point, along the way 1) adopting economic measures in the last months to “rescue the economy,” and 2) offering proposals, early on, for a post-COVID “new normal.”

For working peoples, especially in the global South, crucial questions would be: do these measures address people’s needs—from healthcare and other social services, living wages, among others? To what extent do the current “new normal” proposals constitute a break from the old system of economic and policy norms that brought us to these troubled times? To what extent could the aims of “new normal” proposals create conditions for the full scope of people’s rights, from the social, economic, and cultural rights, civil-political rights, and even the right to shape development paths?

Contents

  • Introduction
  • What have been recent economic and social measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What have been current proposals for a "post-COVID" new normal?
  • Do current policy proposals tackle structural issues?
  • What could the people forward in aiming for system change?

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