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Lynn S. Chancer, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, and Christine Trost

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190685898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190685898.001.0001

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Youth Prospects and the Case for a Universal Basic Income

Youth Prospects and the Case for a Universal Basic Income

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(p.239) 11 Youth Prospects and the Case for a Universal Basic Income
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Youth, Jobs, and the Future
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Sarah Reibstein

Andy Stern

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190685898.003.0012

This chapter addresses the idea of universal basic income (UBI). The idea of universal or guaranteed income proposes that governments provide cash transfers to ensure a livable income to all residents. In effect, this deals with the jobs crisis not by making sure that everyone has a job or by creating more but by making sure everyone does not need to have one. The chapter then argues, first, that by liberating people from the demands of the capitalist employment relationship and the provider–client relationship of certain government programs, UBI inherently advances individual freedom or self-determination. Second, in making space for alternatives, UBI is likely to facilitate relations grounded in solidarity and the mutual benefit of the community. Third, and finally, consequences of UBI may include justice for particular marginalized groups, including those currently on welfare, women, racial minorities, and formerly incarcerated people.

Keywords:   universal basic income, jobs crisis, individual freedom, capitalist employment relationship, government program

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