Universal basic income is a controversial policy which is causing a stir amongst academics, politicians, journalists and policy-makers all over the world. The idea of receiving ‘money for nothing’, with no strings attached, has for a long time appeared a crazy or radical proposal. But today, this policy is being put into practice. With more and more trials and experiments taking place in different countries, this book provides both the theory and context for making sense of different basic income approaches, examining how the policy can be best implemented. Unlike many other texts written on this topic, the book provides a balanced account of basic income, weighing up the pros and cons from a number of different positions. The book provides a theory chapter, enabling readers to grasp some of the complex philosophical ideas and concepts which underpin universal basic income, such as social justice, equality and freedom. It also provides an examples chapter, which examines both historical and contemporary basic income studies to have taken place from around the globe. The book also features chapters on the environment and the work of women, as well as an ‘against’ universal basic income chapter, which specifically draws on the criticisms of the policy. This volume is an essential resource for anyone who wishes to get to grips with universal basic income.
Table of Contents
1. Introducing a Universal Basic Income
2. Underpinning Theories and Philosophical Positions of Universal Basic Income
3. Addressing Precarious Work and Social Inequalities: What a Universal Basic Income Can Do
4. Universal Basic Income: Examples and Experiments
5. The Work of Women and Universal Basic Income
6. Universal Basic Income and Sustainable Consumption
7. Against a Universal Basic Income
8. Reflections on Universal Basic Income
Brian McDonough is Course Leader of Sociology at Solent University and teaches a number of sociological topics, including social inequalities and applied sociology in the community. His research interests include work, expertise and the use of information and communication technologies in the workplace. He is a co-author of Social Problems in the UK (2015) and has written on precarious work and unemployment in Europe.
Jessie Bustillos Morales is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of Education and Social Policy at London Metropolitan University. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, looking at intersections between theory, economics and educational policy. She is co-editor of Economics in Education, by Routledge, and has written on social problems in Europe. Her research interests also include explorations of gender, new media and youth cultures.
"Ideas about Universal Basic Income have gone from being at the margins of debate about poverty to its very epicenter. As such there has been a plethora of texts which have added complexity to the arguments. This new text by McDonough and Morales expertly takes the reader on a journey through the tangled web of ideas. Written in an accessible style, the authors explain the pros and cons of all the current approaches. An essential read for anyone looking for an up-to-date text on this compelling subject."
- Dr Stuart Isaacs, University of West London, UK