A dynamic national agreement between state and society, including different groups in society, on how to live together, and notably, around how power is distributed and exercised. It allows for the peaceful mediation of different demands and conflicting interests, and different expectations and understandings of rights and responsibilities (including with nested and/or overlapping social contracts that may transcend the state), over time, and in response to contextual factors (including shocks and stressors), through varied mechanisms, institutions and processes.