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Title: Basic Income
ISBN: 9780674237469
Format: BC

Authors: Philippe Van Parijs Yannick Vanderborght
Pub. Date: 20190422
Publisher: Wiley University
RRP: $32.95
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?Powerful as well as highly engaging?a brilliant book.?
?Amartya Sen


A Times Higher Education Book of the Week

It may sound crazy to pay people whether or not they're working or even looking for work. But the idea of providing an unconditional basic income to everyone, rich or poor, active or inactive, has long been advocated by such major thinkers as Thomas Paine, John Stuart Mill, and John Kenneth Galbraith. Now, with the traditional welfare state creaking under pressure, it has become one of the most widely debated social policy proposals in the world. Basic Income presents the most acute and fullest defense of this radical idea, and makes the case that it is our most realistic hope for addressing economic insecurity and social exclusion.

?They have set forth, clearly and comprehensively, what is probably the best case to be made today for this form of economic and social policy.?
?Benjamin M. Friedman, New York Review of Books

?A rigorous analysis of the many arguments for and against a universal basic income, offering a road map for future researchers.?
?Wall Street Journal

?What Van Parijs and Vanderborght bring to this topic is a deep understanding, an enduring passion and a disarming optimism.?
?Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post


Title: Basic Income
ISBN: 9780674052284
Format: BB

Authors: Philippe Van Parijs Yannick Vanderborght
Pub. Date: 20170320
Publisher: Wiley University
RRP: $49.95
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It may sound crazy to pay people an income whether or not they are working or looking for work. But the idea of providing an unconditional basic income to every individual, rich or poor, active or inactive, has been advocated by such major thinkers as Thomas Paine, John Stuart Mill, and John Kenneth Galbraith. For a long time, it was hardly noticed and never taken seriously. Today, with the traditional welfare state creaking under pressure, it has become one of the most widely debated social policy proposals in the world. Philippe Van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght present the most comprehensive defense of this radical idea so far, advocating it as our most realistic hope for addressing economic insecurity and social exclusion in the twenty-first century.

The authors seamlessly combine philosophy, politics, and economics as they compare the idea of a basic income with rival ideas past and present for guarding against poverty and unemployment. They trace its history, tackle the economic and ethical objections against an unconditional income?including its alleged tendency to sap incentives and foster free riding?and lay out how such an apparently implausible idea might be viable financially and achievable politically. Finally, they consider the relevance of the proposal in an increasingly globalized economy.

In an age of growing inequality and divided politics, when old answers to enduring social problems no longer inspire confidence, Basic Income presents fresh reasons to hope that we might yet achieve a free society and a sane economy.


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