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The Many Faces of Universal Basic Income
The Political Quarterly (2004)
  • Jurgen De Wispelaere
  • Lindsay Stirton
As the debate on unconditional basic income, basic capital and cognate schemes matures, it has become necessary to rethink the idea of universalism in welfare policy. This paper argues that future research should move beyond discussion of principles or ideal-type policy schemes, and focus more on the details of concrete policy design and implementation. Neglect of implementation issues, we argue, risks impeding the political and administrative feasibility of universal basic income. This paper contributes to this enterprise by outlining seven dimensions along which concrete proposals vary, and suggests ways in which decisions on each dimension will determine the shape as well as the effects of the policy in practice.
  • basic income,
  • income maintenance,
  • policy design,
  • stakeholding,
  • universal welfare,
  • welfare reform
Publication Date
September, 2004
Citation Information
Jurgen De Wispelaere and Lindsay Stirton. "The Many Faces of Universal Basic Income" The Political Quarterly Vol. 75 Iss. 3 (2004)
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