Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research

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9781405158107: Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research

Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research presents a compilation of six decades of Basic Income literature. It includes the most influential empirical research and theoretical arguments on all aspects of the Basic Income proposal.

  • Includes six decades of the most influential literature on Basic Income
  • Includes unpublished and hard-to-find articles
  • The first major compendium on one of the most innovative political reform proposals of our age
  • Explores multidisciplinary views of Basic Income, with philosophical, economic, political, and sociological views
  • Features contributions from key and well-known philosophers and economists, including Atkinson, Simon, Friedman, Fromm, Gorz, Offe, Rawls, Pettit, Van Parijs, and more
  • Presents the best theoretical and empirical arguments for and against Basic Income

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In one form or another, the concept of a modest Basic Income unconditionally granted to all individuals has been a topic of discussion for more than two centuries. But it is only in the last 50 or 60 years that Basic Income has developed into a major focus of academic research. Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research is the first major compilation of Basic Income literature. It presents six decades of the most influential empirical research and theoretical arguments relating to all aspects of the Basic Income proposal. This comprehensive overview of the topic covers such diverse issues as the philosophical justification of Basic Income; its economic and political feasibility; its impact on freedom, social justice, economic activity, and psychological wellbeing; and many others.

Timely and authoritative, Basic Income is an invaluable compendium of the current research shaping our understanding of a topic that is growing in importance and attracting increasing attention throughout the world.

About the Author:

Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University. He holds a doctorate in political theory from Oxford University (2006) and a doctorate in economics from the City University of New York (1996). He is the author of Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (2013). He is co-author of Economics for Social Workers (2002) and co-editor of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining its Suitability as a Model (2012) and Exporting the Alaska Model: Adapting the Permanent Fund Dividend for Reform Around the World (2012).

José A. Noguera is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and director of the Analytical Sociology and Institutional Design Research Group (GSADI). He holds a PhD in sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and has been a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research covers sociological theory, philosophy of social science, social policy, as well as normative social theory, and has been published in journals such as Social Science Information, Basic Income Studies, South European Society & Politics, Travailler, Papers, or Revista Internacional de Sociología. He is a member of the European Network of Analytical Sociologists, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network). He is co-editor of Papers. Revista de Sociologia, and editorial board member of Basic Income Studies.

Yannick Vanderborght is Professor of Political Science at the Université Saint-Louis Brussels, where he currently directs the Research Centre in Political Science (CReSPo). He is also a member of the Hoover Chair (Louvain), of the Executive Committee of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), and an associate editor of Basic Income Studies. He co-authored with Ph. Van Parijs L'allocation universelle (2005), and has published several articles on basic income and related issues. He is the co-editor (with Axel Gosseries) of Arguing about justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs (2011).

Jurgen De Wispelaere is an MHERC Research Fellow at the Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University, Canada. Previously he taught at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. His published work on basic income has appeared in Analyse und Kritik, The Political Quarterly, Social Services Review, Policy and PoliticsInternational Social Security Review, Politics and Political Studies. He is a founding editor of the journal Basic Income Studies and co-editor of The Ethics of Stakeholding (2003) and Recognition, Equality and Democracy (2007). He is currently completing a book on Republicanism, co-authored by Simon Birnbaum and David Casassas.

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