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A Disarmingly Simple Idea? Practical Bottlenecks in Implementing a Universal Basic Income
International Social Security Review (2012)
  • Jurgen De Wispelaere, University of Montreal
  • Lindsay Stirton, University of Sheffield
Abstract
This article considers the implementation of a universal basic income, a neglected area in basic income research. We identify and examine three important practical bottlenecks that may prevent a basic income scheme from attaining the universal reach desired and proclaimed by its advocates: i) maintaining a population-wide cadaster of eligible claimants ensuring full takeup; ii) instituting robust modalities of payment that reach all intended beneficiaries; and iii) designing an effective oversight mechanism in a policy context that actively opposes client monitoring. We argue that the implementation of universal basic income faces unique challenges that its proponents must consider carefully.
Keywords
  • guaranteed income,
  • universal benefit scheme,
  • benefit administration,
  • takeup,
  • international
Publication Date
April, 2012
Publisher Statement
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-246X.2012.01430.x/abstract
Citation Information
Jurgen De Wispelaere and Lindsay Stirton. "A Disarmingly Simple Idea? Practical Bottlenecks in Implementing a Universal Basic Income" International Social Security Review Vol. 65 Iss. 2 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dewispelaere/34/