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Karl Widerquist has written 794 posts for Basic Income News

INTERNATIONAL: Call for papers for a special issue on the Basic Income Guarantee

The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare—a peer-reviewed, academic research journal—will have a special issue on the Basic Income Guarantee to be published in 2016. Manuscripts submitted by September 30, 2015 will be considered. The editors released the following call for papers: The financial crisis of 2007-2008 and its recessionary aftermath have, once again, raised [...]

Christopher Balfour, Learning from Difference.

This book is a personal and family memoir, of Christopher Balfour—youth employment officer, independent councilor, writer, mechanic, octogenarian, and long-term basic income advocate. The book discusses British industrial self destruction and contains a plea for less inequality. It describes the author’s involvement with the Citizen’s income concept when he was involved in Politics and with [...]

Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala, Soumya Kapoor Mehta, and Guy Standing. Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India.

PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: Would it be possible to provide people with a basic income as a right? The idea has a long history. This book draws on two pilot schemes conducted in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, in which thousands of men, women and children were provided with an unconditional monthly cash payment. In a [...]

Ed Dolan. “Universal Basic Income vs. Unemployment Insurance: Which is the Better Safety Net?”

A universal basic income (UBI) and unemployment insurance (UI) are two possible forms of social insurance for an economy in which job loss is a significant risk. Alice Fabre, Stéphane Pallage, and Christian Zimmermann (FPZ) address in a recent working paper from the Research Division of the St. Louis Fed.  They argue, when compared head-to-head, [...]

EUROPE: UBI-Europe launches a series of conferences on basic income

Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) is organising a series of five conferences on the theme “UBI in Europe – Promoting civil society” in order to promote Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in Europe over the next year. The conferences are: UBI as a response to social inequality in Europe – Maribor, Slovenia, 19th-20th March 2015. Minimum [...]

UNITED STATES: Alanna Hartzok, running on a platform including support for Basic Income, receives 37 percent of the vote in Congressional Race

Alanna Hartzok, a long-time support of Basic Income, received 37% of the vote in the Congressional election for 9th Congressional District in Pennsylvania. She received the Democratic Party nomination for Congress earlier this year, and finished second in voting to the Republican incumbent, Bill Shuster. Hartzok is Founder and Co-Director, Earth Rights Institute and author [...]

NAMIBIA: Poll Finds 78% of Namibians Support the Basic Income Grant

Nearly 8 out of 10 Namibians (78%) favor a Basic Income Grant (BIG—as unconditional basic income is known in the region) for every Namibian citizen according to a recent poll. This result is probably the highest level of support for Basic Income recorded in any representative poll in any country. Most respondents still favored BIG [...]

Emiliana Armano, Federico Chicchi, Eran Fisher, and Elisabetta Risi, “Boundaries and Measurements of Emerging”

This special issue of the journal Sociologia Del Lavoro has several articles, all with English abstracts and five articles are in English (with Italian abstracts) Languages: Italian and English Emiliana Armano, Federico Chicchi, Eran Fisher, and Elisabetta Risi (eds.) “Boundaries and Measurements of Emerging Work: Gratuity, Precariousness and Processes of Subjectivity in the Age of [...]

United Kingdom: UK Basic Income Announces Mission Statement

[Toby Rane] On September 16, during the 7th International Basic Income Week, a new UK activist group called UK Basic Income met to announce its mission statement. Basic Income Week is an event is organized by the Basic Income Earth Network and has participants from countries throughout Europe. UK Basic Income proposes a universal full [...]

Maribor, Slovenia, Conference: “UBI in Europe – Promoting civil society,” 19th-20th March 2015

Universal Basic Income Europe releases the following call for papers: We are organising a series of five conferences on the theme “UBI in Europe – Promoting civil society” in order to promote unconditional basic income (UBI) in Europe over the next year. We would like to call for contributions for the first conference: “UBI as [...]