HOFFMAN, Michael (2010), ‘Utopia means free money for everyone’, The Japan Times, October 17, 2010, available at http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fd20101017bj.html According to the author of this column, the idea of a basic income is startling, but not really new — only its slowly growing respectability is. “Cranks and visionaries have been playing with it for centuries. The name by which it’s lately
In this paper, David Casassas (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) focuses on basic income from the perspective of a “left-oriented” platform. In particular, he stresses the potential transformative effect of basic income on the labour market.
BIRNBAUM, Simon (2010), ‘Två föreställningar om jämlikhet: Om rättvisa, självrespekt och välfärdspolitik’ [”Two conceptions of equality: On justice, self-respect and welfare policy”], Tidsskrift for Velferdsforskning (Norwegian Journal of Welfare Research), 13 (2) 2010, 70-82. A luck egalitarian view holds that inequalities are objectionable only if they are traceable to luck, i.e. circumstances beyond individual control. This article examines recent attempts
According to Christian Arnsperger (Hoover Chair, Louvain University), an unconditional basic income should be seen as a form of subsidy for “social experimentors”. With such an income guarantee, individuals or groups could experiment “alternative ways of life”, outside the mainstream capitalist system.
LO VUOLO, Rubén, RAVENTÓS, Daniel & YANES, Pablo (2010), ‘The War Against Social and Working Rights: Basic Income in Times of Economic Crisis’, Counterpunch, November 5-7 2010, online and also available in Spanish
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
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.
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
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.