Basic Income : And How We Can Make It Happen
'Guy Standing has been at the forefront of the movement for nearly 4 decades, and in this superb and thorough survey he explains how it works and why it has the potential to revitalise life and democracy in our societies. This is an essential book.' Brian Eno
Shouldn't everyone receive a stake in society's wealth?
Could we create a fairer world by granting a guaranteed income to all?
What would this mean for our health, wealth and happiness?
Basic Income is a regular cash transfer from the state, received by all individual citizens. It is an acknowledgement that everyone plays a part in generating the wealth currently enjoyed only by a few. Political parties across the world are now adopting it as official policy and the idea generates headlines every day. Guy Standing has been at the forefront of thought about Basic Income for the past thirty years, and in this book he covers in authoritative detail its effects on the economy, poverty, work and labour; dissects and disproves the standard arguments against Basic Income; explains what we can learn from pilots across the world and illustrates exactly why a Basic Income has now become such an urgent necessity.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 111 x 181 x 23mm | 231g
- 27 Jan 2019
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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Guy Standing tackles the history behind basic income by presenting economic, financial, technological, and medical studies that give us a glimpse about what a world with basic income might look like.
Economic inequality and ending poverty are some of the defining issues of our time, Standing's book lays out a future. -- Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator For a radical idea to become accepted as common sense, it often needs a practical guide to the concept and its implementation. This book makes a significant contribution to the heavy lifting needed to move basic income from an idea on the periphery to a policy of the mainstream in a rapidly changing and challenging economy -- John McDonnell MP Universal Basic Income may be the most promising social idea of our time. Guy Standing has been at the forefront of the movement for nearly 4 decades, and in this superb and thorough survey he explains how it works and why it has the potential to revitalise life and democracy in our societies. This is an essential book. -- Brian Eno A universal basic income is clearly an idea whose time has come. Guy Standing's book powerfully explains why and also makes the ethical and ecological case. It's an essential read for anyone interested in social and economic justice and an important contribution to the debate about introducing a basic income. -- Caroline Lucas MP
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