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Universal Basic Income in Historical Perspective

Editors: Sloman, Peter, Zamora Vargas, Daniel, Ramos Pinto, Pedro (Eds.)

  • Provides a crucial historical depth to current and growing debates around Universal Basic Income and the future of work
  • Shows how the idea of a guaranteed minimum income has moved on and off political agendas over the past century and in a wide variety of political contexts
  • Offers a global perspective and examines the historic role of transnational networks carrying the idea between the global north and global south
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About this book

This new edited collection brings together historians and social scientists to engage with the global history of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and offer historically-rich perspectives on contemporary debates about the future of work. In particular, the book goes beyond a genealogy of a seemingly utopian idea to explore how the meaning and reception of basic income proposals has changed over time. The study of UBI provides a prism through which we can understand how different intellectual traditions, political agents, and policy problems have opened up space for new thinking about work and welfare at critical moments.

Contributions range broadly across time and space, from Milton Friedman and the debate over guaranteed income in the post-war United States to the emergence of the European basic income movement in the 1980s and the politics of cash transfers in contemporary South Africa. Taken together, these chapters address comparative questions: why do proposals for a guaranteed minimum income emerge at some times and recede into the background in others? What kinds of problems is basic income designed to solve, and how have policy proposals been shaped by changing attitudes to gender roles and the boundaries of social citizenship? What role have transnational networks played in carrying UBI proposals between the global north and the global south, and how does the politics of basic income vary between these contexts?

In short, the book builds on a growing body of scholarship on UBI and lays the groundwork for a much richer understanding of the history of this radical proposal.

About the authors

Peter Sloman is Senior Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Daniel Zamora Vargas is Lecturer in Sociology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Pedro Ramos Pinto is Senior Lecturer in International Economic History at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Buy this book

eBook £87.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: November 11, 2021
  • ISBN 978-3-030-75706-9
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover £109.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: November 11, 2021
  • ISBN 978-3-030-75705-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Universal Basic Income in Historical Perspective
Editors
  • Peter Sloman
  • Daniel Zamora Vargas
  • Pedro Ramos Pinto
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-75706-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-75706-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-75705-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 305
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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