Basic Income Guarantee and Politics: International Experiences and Perspectives on the Viability of…

Hardcover | August 7, 2012

EditorRichard K. Caputo

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This exciting and timely collection brings together international and national scholars and advocates to provide historical overviews of efforts to pass basic income guarantee legislation in their respective countries and/or across regions of the globe. Contributing authors address specific substantive issues such as: who were the main people and groups involved in support of or against such legislative efforts; what were the main reasons for the success or failure of BIG-related initiatives to date; and what the prospects are for the future. Countries discussed include Australia, Finland, Germany, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the US.

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This exciting and timely collection brings together international and national scholars and advocates to provide historical overviews of efforts to pass basic income guarantee legislation in their respective countries and/or across regions of the globe. Contributing authors address specific substantive issues such as: who were the main...

Richard K. Caputo is a professor of Social Policy and Research and director of the PhD Program in Social Welfare at Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He has authored five books, including most recently U.S. Social Welfare Reform: Policy Transitions from 1981 to the Present and has edited a sixth book, Challenges o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 8.84 × 5.74 × 0.9 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230116914

ISBN - 13:9780230116917

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Introduction: Hopes and Realities of Adopting Unconditional Basic Income Guarantee SchemesRichard K CaputoOn the Political Feasibility of the Basic Income Guarantee: Theoretical ConsiderationsJurgen De Wispelaere and José Antonio NogueraPART I: HOPESThe Best Income Transfer Program for Modern EconomiesEduardo Matarazzo SuplicyAn Anniversary Note – BIEN's 25thGuy StandingSection Two: REALITIESEuropean Union CountriesFinland: Institutional Resistance of the Welfare State against a Basic IncomeMarkku IkkalaGermany: Far, though close: Problems and Prospects of BI in GermanySascha LiebermannIreland: Pathways to a Basic Income in IrelandSeán Healy and Brigid ReynoldsNetherlands: Final piece of the welfare state is still to comeMichiel van HassletSpain: Basic Income from Social Movements to Parliament and Back AgainDaniel Raventós, Julie Wark, and David CasassasPART II: OTHER OECD COUNTRIES Australia: Will Basic Income Have a Second Coming?John TomlinsonCanada: A Guaranteed Income Framework to Address Poverty and Inequality? James P. Mulvale and Yannick VanderborghtJapan: Political Change after the Economic Crisis Introduces Universalist BenefitToru YamamoriMexico: The First Steps toward Basic IncomePablo YanesUnited Kingdom: Only for Children?Malcolm TorryUnited States of AmericaRichard K CaputoPART III: OTHER COUNTRIESIran: A Bumpy Road toward Basic IncomeHamid Tabatabai

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"This book integrates careful research, political theory and practical insights in a way that no other volume on the idea of a basic income guarantee has yet done. Through engaging and thoughtful presentation of wide ranging national case studies, readers will learn a great deal about the global state of play. In an age of growing economic insecurity, the book provides a timely reminder of the possibilities income guarantee schemes offer for improving social wellbeing." - Greg Marston, professor of Social Policy, QUT University, Australia