There is a new edition of the ippr's journal, Juncture, out, featuring various very interesting-looking pieces. I have an article in there, 'Recovering the Future: the reinvention of 'social law''. The proper link to the article is here, but I've uploaded a pre-print of the article here.
At a fairly high level of generality, what I'm trying to argue in this piece is that political progress has stalled, thanks largely to the forces that are now known as 'financialisation', whose effect is to tie individuals and societies to past obligations, while certain elites reside in a somewhat separate temporality. And developing the germ of an idea contained in this blog post, I muse as to whether something like a 'social law' movement might provide a basis for renewed hope, in a society that has lost the confidence to reinvent itself.
If 'financialisation' means extending the constrictive elements of productive capitalism into the 'social' realm (via logics of human capital, investment and leverage, especially with regard to housing and education) a counter project would mean extending the liberating elements of productive capitalism into the 'social' realm. This is partly what social entrepreneurship is about, it seems to me - but that remains limited by certain regulatory and legal tramlines that have already been laid down. The challenge is to perform society differently, lay out new routes and possibilities. And it is law that traditionally has the greatest influence over collective routines and rituals.