An income of one’s own: a radical vision of welfare policies in Europe and beyond
In this article, I discuss a radical proposal to combat poverty and unemployment: the establishment of a state-funded ‘basic income’ for every citizen. This would be independent of sex, age, need, family responsibilities, or employment status. Here, I outline the basic income proposal, and the debates in the countries where it is currently being discussed. This proposal is not only of interest to the richest countries; southern countries are also interested in it as a method of combating poverty. I discuss different arguments put forward for a basic income, and relate these to ethical and moral questions. I also discuss ways of financing the proposal. Finally, I ask whether a basic income is a desirable policy for women, or whether additional concerns can be raised from a gender perspective.
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