Book Chapter

Diversion Ahead? Change Is Needed but That Doesn’t Mean That Basic Income Is the Answer

Dina Bowman, Shelley Mallett, Diarmuid Cooney-O'Donoghue

Implementing a Basic Income in Australia Pathways Forward | Palgrave Macmillan, Cham | Published : 2019


Using an expanded version of De Wispelaere and Stirton’s 2004 framework for assessing basic income policies, we examine selected past and recent trials. The trials have all produced inconclusive results, in part because of the political contexts in which they have been implemented. As a result, they do little to progress policy reforms to address the challenges of economic insecurities and inequalities. Basic income proposals can act as beacons for change, but because they often lack detail, they risk distracting attention from the challenges and opportunities for social security reform. Our expanded framework enables detailed assessment of the dimensions of proposals for change. It also ena..

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