Making UBI radical: On the potential for a universal basic income to underwrite transformative and anti-kyriarchal change

Mary Lawhon, Tyler McCreary

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Cash transfers as a response to poverty and unemployment have moved to mainstream political practice. From global south developmental policy to pandemic payments, there is growing concern with relying on employment for income. Many on the left have been sceptical of, and at times opposed to, such transfers, instead urging direct state provisioning, improved employment, or economic transformation beyond the state. Here, we develop an alternative position, rooted in cautious optimism about the open-ended implications of cash transfers. We consider the possibility that providing a durable, redistributive universal basic income might enable escape from unjust economic relations, underwrite diverse economies, and free time to expand democratic practice. We frame this not as an assured outcome but as a possibility, one those concerned with radical, anti-kyriarchal politics might engage in creating.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)349-372
JournalEconomy and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2023

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