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Unpublished Paper
Basic Income on the agenda: the Catalan experience
  • Monica Clua Losada

The idea of Basic Income as a citizenship right has shifted from an academic discussion to a possible policy choice in many countries aroundthe world at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In Catalonia, theevolution of the proposal has been remarkable since the year 2001. A law proposal was presented to the Catalan Parliament in 2002 and severalstudies regarding its financial viability have been produced. This paperassesses the forces that have made it possible for the proposal to reach the political agenda in Catalonia. It does so by placing its emphasis uponthe political process, as the determinant for its success in agenda setting.The paper builds a framework of analysis by presenting four factors, which have been decisive in the process. The variables assessed are: the role ofintellectuals, the role of trade unions, welfare reform and institutions andfinally, political context as contingency. The analysis presented in this study reinforces the importance of international comparison, welfarereform theory and empirical research. Basic Income’s success in reachingthe political agenda appears to depend less on solid normative foundations than on the political process itself.

  • basic income,
  • political process,
  • social actors,
  • agenda setting
Publication Date
September, 2006
Citation Information
Monica Clua Losada. "Basic Income on the agenda: the Catalan experience" (2006)
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