Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University. He
specializes in political philosophy. His research is mostly in the area of distributive
justice—the ethics of who has what. He holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory form
Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York
(1996). Before coming to Georgetown he was lecturer in Political Theory at the University
of Reading (UK) and a Murphy Fellow at Tulane University in New Orleans (LA). He has
written or edited six books. He is the author of "Independence, Propertylessness,
and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No" (Palgrave Macmillan
2013). He is coauthor of "Economics for Social Workers" (Columbia University
Press 2002). He is coeditor of "Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary
Research" (Wiley-Blackwell 2013), "Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining
its Suitability as a Model" (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), "Exporting the Alaska
Model: Adapting the Permanent Fund Dividend for Reform around the World" (Palgrave
Macmillan 2012), and "the Ethics and Economics of the Basic Income Guarantee"
(Ashgate 2005). He is currently under contract to author or coauthor two more books:
"Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy" (Edinburgh University Press
2014) and Justice as the Pursuit of Accord (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). He was a founding
editor of the journal Basic Income Studies, and he has published more than a twenty
scholarly articles and book chapters. His articles have appeared in journals such as
Political Studies; the Eastern Economic Journal; Politics and Society; and Politics,
Philosophy, and Economics. 

Political Theory

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The Hobbesian Hypothesis: How a colonial prejudice became an essential premise in the most popular justification of government, Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (2015)

This chapter shows now Hobbes introduce an empirical claim into his most influential justification of...

 

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Myths About the State of Nature and the Reality of Stateless Societies (with Grant McCall), Analyse & Kritik (2015)

This article makes the following points. Most justifications of government using social contact theory (contractarianism)...

 

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The Big Casino (2014)

This paper uses an analogy to illustrate two things: (1) the economy is and will...

 

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Why We Demand an Unconditional Basic Income: the ECSO Freedom Case, Arguing about Justice. Essays for Philippe Van Parijs (2011)

Philippe Van Parijs’s (1995) Real Freedom for All: What (If Anything) Can Justify Capitalism makes...

 

Basic Income

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The Piketty Observation Against the Institutional Background: How natural is this natural tendency and what can we do about it?, Basic Income Studies (2015)

Thomas Piketty’s recent book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," provides a great deal of empirical...

 

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The people’s endowment (2015)

Many private institutions, such as universities and museums, have large and growing endowments. Why doesn’t...

 

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The Big Casino (2014)

This paper uses an analogy to illustrate two things: (1) the economy is and will...

 

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A People's Endowment (2014)

This chapter discusses the possibility of the government using common assets to set up an...

 

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The Basic Income Grant as Social Safety Net for Namibia: Experience and lessons from around the world, Social safety nets in Namibia: Assessing current programmes and future options (2013)

This paper discusses strategies for providing a social safety net and argues that the Basic...

 

Economic Theory and Labor Economics

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The Piketty Observation Against the Institutional Background: How natural is this natural tendency and what can we do about it?, Basic Income Studies (2015)

Thomas Piketty’s recent book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," provides a great deal of empirical...

 

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The Basic Income Grant as Social Safety Net for Namibia: Experience and lessons from around the world, Social safety nets in Namibia: Assessing current programmes and future options (2013)

This paper discusses strategies for providing a social safety net and argues that the Basic...

 

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The Basic Income Guarantee and the goals of equality, efficiency, and environmentalism (with Michael A. Lewis) (2009)

The most important issue in equality – if not in all economic policy – is...

 

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Problems with Wage Subsidies: Phelps's economic discipline and undisciplined economics, International Journal of Green Economics (2008)

This paper discusses problems with wage subsidy proposals, specifically focusing on the proposal in Rewarding...

 

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A Failure to Communicate: What (If Anything) Can we Learn from the Negative Income Tax Experiments?, The Journal of Socio-Economics (2005)

The U.S. and Canadian governments conducted five negative income tax experiments between 1968 and 1980....

 

Public Choice

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Public Choice and Altruism, the Eastern Economic Journal (2003)
 

History of Political Thought

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Lockean Theories of Property: Justifications for Unilateral Appropriation, Public Reason (2010)

Although John Locke’s theory of appropriation is undoubtedly influential, no one seems to agree about...

 

Opinions, Reviews, and Editorials

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A Day-Long Discussion of “the Alaska Model” at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (2011)

On April 22, 2011, I had the privilege of attending a conference at the University...

 

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Two Memoirs Tell the History of the Alaska Dividend (2011)

Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend is closer to a basic income than almost any other policy...

 

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Lessons of the Alaska Dividend (2010)

At a time when progressive social policies are under attack across the industrialized world, the...

 

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I Have a Basic Income (2010)

In a period of about eight months, I managed to save and invest enough money...

 

Textbook

Economics for Social Workers (with Michael A. Lewis) (2002)
 

Interviews

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A BIG Idea: A Minimum Income Guarantee (with Multinational Monitor), Multinational Monitor (2009)
 

Alaska Dividend

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The Alaska Model as a Menu of Options (with Michael W. Howard), Exporting the Alaska Model: Adapting the Permanent Fund Dividend for Reform Around the World (2012)
 

Freedom as the Power to Say No

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Chapter 0: Prologue, Independence Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (2012)
 

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Chapter 1: Introduction, Independence Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (2012)
 

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Chapter 2: Status Freedom As Effective Control Self-Ownership, Independence Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (2012)
 

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Chapter 3: Forty Acres and a Mule? Implications of the Duty to Respect Person Independence, Independence Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (2012)
 

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Chapter 4: The Importance of Independence I: Framing the Issue, Independence Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (2012)
 

Anthropology/Archaeology

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The Evolution of Equality: Rethinking Variability and Egalitarianism Among Modern Forager Societies, Ethnoarchaeology (2015)

Using hunter-gatherer societies as a focus, we argue for a heuristic continuum of egalitarian social...

 

Coloring books

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Coloring book: 11 pages (2013)

This is a coloring book made from my doodles during meetings.