Basic Income

A Guide for the Open-Minded

Guy Standing

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August 29, 2017
392 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
2 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300230840
Hardcover

Shouldn’t everyone receive a stake in society's wealth? Could we create a fairer world by guaranteeing income to all? What would this mean for our health, wealth, and happiness?

Basic income is a revolutionary idea that guarantees regular, unconditional cash transfers from the government to all citizens. It is an acknowledgement that everyone plays a part in generating the wealth currently enjoyed by only a few and would rectify the recent breakdown in income distribution.
 
Political parties across the world are now adopting this innovative policy and the idea generates headlines every day. Guy Standing has been at the forefront of thought surrounding basic income for the past thirty years, and in this book he covers in authoritative detail its effects on the economy, poverty, work, and labor; dissects and disproves the standard arguments against basic income; explains what we can learn from pilots across the world; and illustrates exactly why basic income has now become such an urgent necessity.

Guy Standing is a professorial research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London a cofounder of the Basic Income Earth Network; and has advised the United Nations, the World Bank, and governments around the world on labor and social policy. He is the author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. He lives in Switzerland.

“Guy Standing makes the case for universal basic income in this compelling and thoughtful book.”—Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator

“The world needs an honest and informed primer on the idea of basic income, and there’s no one better to write it than Guy Standing.”—Robin Chase, co-founder of Zipcar and author of Peers, Inc.

"Universal Basic Income may be the most promising social idea of our time. Guy Standing has been at the forefront of the movement for nearly 4 decades, and in this superb and thorough survey he explains how it works and why it has the potential to revitalise life and democracy in our societies. This is an essential book."—Brian Eno

“Basic income is an idea whose time for serious debate has come. Guy Standing illuminates the way in this lucid and well-argued book.”—Simon Johnson, author of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

"The social and economic disruptions created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution make it imperative that we explore new models of providing opportunity, social justice and security to all citizens, including via a universal basic income. In Basic Income, Guy Standing provides a compelling and thoughtful review of the motivations and options for as well as common objections to universal basic income, making this an important book for anyone interested in ensuring we collectively create an inclusive, human-centered future."—Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum

“This book is the most comprehensive guide ever written on basic income, and offers both a history and a road map forward to a more just and economically sustainable future.”—Andy Stern, author of Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream

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