It's Basic Income: The Global Debate (Paperback)
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It's Basic Income: The Global Debate (Paperback)

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Published: 14/03/2018
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Is a Universal Basic Income the answer to an increasingly precarious job landscape?

Could it bring greater financial freedom for women, tackle the issue of unpaid but essential work, cut poverty and promote greater choice? Or is it a dead-end utopian ideal that distracts from more practical and cost-effective solutions?

Contributors from musician Brian Eno, think tank Demos Helsinki, innovators such as California’s Y Combinator Research and prominent academics such as Peter Beresford OBE offer a variety of perspectives from across the globe on the politics and feasibility of basic income.

Sharing research and insights from a variety of nations – including India, Finland, Uganda, Brazil and Canada - the collection provides a comprehensive guide to the impact this innovative idea could have on work, welfare and inequality in the 21st century.

Publisher: Bristol University Press
ISBN: 9781447343905
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


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"A vital contribution and guide to the growing global debate about an idea that could promote social equity, enhance dignity and boost wellbeing for all citizens." Archbishop Desmond Tutu "Every so often, an idea bubbles up which becomes impossible to ignore. Downes and Lansley could not be more timely in curating this urgent conversation" Tom Clark, Editor, Prospect Magazine "A superb forensic analysis of universal basic income schemes leaving no stone unturned." Malcolm Dean, former Guardian social policy editor "This wide ranging and fascinating collection of essays makes an important contribution to the growing global debate about universal basic income as a key policy instrument to address 21st century challenges." Matthew Taylor, RSA "An excellent overview of the basic income debate, recommended reading for anyone who wants to delve deeper into one of the most exciting ideas of our time." Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists "An inclusive assessment that marries keen enthusiasm for UBI with fair-minded acknowledgement of its practical and political difficulties. This book will swiftly become the go-to source for all things UBI." David Walker, co-author of Unjust Rewards, contributing editor Guardian Public "It's fantastic to have such a rich, multi-faceted book on the global basic income discussion. All the more welcome for not shying away from some of its harshest critics." Barb Jacobson, Basic Income UK "Dispels the gloom and sets out the foundations for a better future: read it, get behind it and make it happen!" Richard Wilkinson, author of The Spirit Level "Changes to the nature of work means that innovative thinking is urgently needed and the idea of a universal basic income has to be explored. A vital read." Helena Kennedy QC "This book offers many fresh and stimulating perspectives on basic income. It challenges us to rethink the future of our societies." Johanna Perkioe, University of Tampere, Finland

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“See UBI from both sides”

There has been so much written about BI in recent years, and so many different opinions, that this book arrived just in time to summarise the debate perfectly. It offers essays by advocates and opponents, chosen to... More

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