Journal section "Theoretical and methodological issues"

Communicative Concept of the Social Contract and Formation of the Course of Economic Development

Dementiev V.E.

Volume 16, Issue 4, 2023

Dementiev V.E. (2023). Communicative concept of the social contract and formation of the course of economic development. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 16(4), 57–70. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2023.4.88.3

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2023.4.88.3

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The article presents the communicative concept of the social contract. This concept focuses not on reaching a compromise, but on bringing the parties closer together during the discussion of their positions. Mutual understanding regarding the desired future of the socio-economic system is a necessary basis for determining the course of economic development with a communicative understanding of the social contract. Such an interpretation of it takes into account that not only the image of the future is important, the process of its joint comprehension, the organizational aspect of this process is no less important. As evidenced by foreign practice, with standard procedures of electoral democracy, state policy is formed under the influence of business-oriented groups, and the influence of the preferences of an ordinary citizen is close to zero. Information technologies have not only dramatically expanded communication capabilities, but also led to the identification of the information elite. The article analyzes the discussion about the influence of this elite on social development, including the discussion of the theory of information autocracy. When mass media leads to increased polarization of society, it increases investment risks and causes a slowdown in economic growth. As foreign studies show, a new technological elite occupies a special position on topical issues of modern socio-economic development. The elite is interested not only in new technological and economic results, but also in social progress. The strong support of the high-tech elite for income redistribution and progressive taxation allows us to take a fresh look at the prospects for the convergence of the positions of social clusters regarding the course of economic development. The communicative concept of the social contract is a suitable basis for the synthesis of ideas of social clusterism and collaborative democracy


social contract, Social Contract, course of economic development, information elite, technological elite, social clusterism, collaborative democracy

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