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NAMIBIA: National Union of Namibian Workers Rejoins BIG Coalition

The National Union for Namibian Workers (NUNW) had announced in early July that it would withdraw from the Namibian Basic Income Grant Coalition (see NewsFlash 62). USBIG now reports that the 600 delegates at the annual congress of NUNW elected a new Executive Committee and voted to rejoin the BIG Coalition. With the reversal of the NUNW’s decision, the entire

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LO VUOLO, Rubén, RAVENTÓS, Daniel & YANES, Pablo (2010), ‘El Ingreso Ciudadano-Renta Básica ante la crisis económica y los ataques a los derechos sociales y laborales’

LO VUOLO, Rubén, RAVENTÓS, Daniel & YANES, Pablo (2010), ‘El Ingreso Ciudadano-Renta Básica ante la crisis económica y los ataques a los derechos sociales y laborales’, SinPermiso-electrónico, September 12 2010, online at: http://www.nodo50.org/redrentabasica/descargas/DPR.pdf A vigorous plea in favour of basic income in times of economic crisis. Also available in English at: http://www.counterpunch.org/vuolo11052010.html

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YAMAMORI Toru (2010), 'Neoliberals And The Radical Left Are In The Same Basic Income Boat: Is The Debate In Japan An Exception Or Is There A Universal Rationale Behind It?'

This paper by Toru Yamamori (Doshisha University, Kyoto, and Basic Income Network Japan) was presented at the 7th East Asian Social Policy research network (EASP) international conference (Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, 20-21 August 2010). The first section provides an overview of Japan’s system of income security over the past half century and shows the various causes of the current system’s dysfunction. In the second section, the author points out the lack of a vocabulary used to describe the new direction gradually being taken under the Democratic Party of Japan.

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REYNOLDS, Brigid, HEALY, Sean, COLLINS, Micheal (eds.) (2010), The Future of the Welfare State

REYNOLDS, Brigid, HEALY, Sean, COLLINS, Micheal (eds.) (2010), The Future of the Welfare State, Dublin: Social Justice Ireland. September 2010. I.S.B.N. No: 978 1 907501 03 6; 136 pages. This book contains four chapters: “The future of the welfare state: An overview,” by Tony Fahey; “The welfare state across selected OECD countries: How much does it really cost and how

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FITZROY, Felix & NOLAN, Michael (2010), 'Efficient Redistribution: Comparing Basic Income with Unemployment Benefits'

The authors compare two systems of income redistribution: unemployment benefits (UB) and basic income (BI). First, for a simple utility function, with both intensive and extensive margins, the unemployed are likely better off with pure BI than pure UB, regardless of labour supply elasticity and wage distribution.

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GERMANY: Green Party leader proposes Basic Income

The German Government has proposed a modest increase for the means-tested minimum income scheme, in reaction to a recent decision of the Federal Constitutional Court. In a reaction to the government’s plan, Sven Lehmann – chairman of the Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) in the Region of Nordrhein-Westfalen – proposed the introduction of a basic income of 850€, which should replace

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ROSE, Dave as told to WOHLFORTH, Charles (2008), Saving for the Future: My Life and the Alaska Permanent Fund

ROSE, Dave as told to WOHLFORTH, Charles (2008), Saving for the Future: My Life and the Alaska Permanent Fund, Fairbanks: Epicenter Press. 2008 According to one of the authors, the book is really two books. Wohlforth said, “The first half is really for anybody – it’s a slice of life … The second half is getting much more into the

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