Is a Universal Basic Income the answer to an increasingly precarious job landscape?
Could it bring greater financial freedom for women, tackle the issue of unpaid but essential work, cut poverty and promote greater choice? Or is it a dead-end utopian ideal that distracts from more practical and cost-effective solutions?
Contributors from musician Brian Eno, think tank Demos Helsinki, innovators such as California’s Y Combinator Research and prominent academics such as Peter Beresford OBE offer a variety of perspectives from across the globe on the politics and feasibility of basic income.
Sharing research and insights from a variety of nations – including India, Finland, Uganda, Brazil and Canada - the collection provides a comprehensive guide to the impact this innovative idea could have on work, welfare and inequality in the 21st century.
"A vital contribution and guide to the growing global debate about an idea that could promote social equity, enhance dignity and boost wellbeing for all citizens." Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"An excellent overview of the basic income debate, recommended reading for anyone who wants to delve deeper into one of the most exciting ideas of our time." Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists
"An inclusive assessment that marries keen enthusiasm for UBI with fair-minded acknowledgement of its practical and political difficulties. This book will swiftly become the go-to source for all things UBI." David Walker, co author of Unjust Rewards, contributing editor Guardian Public
"Dispels the gloom and sets out the foundations for a better future: read it, get behind it and make it happen!" Richard Wilkinson, author of The Spirit Level