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Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee

Welfare Doesn't Work

The Promises of Basic Income for a Failed American Safety Net

Authors: Hamilton, Leah

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  • Proposes a Universal Basic Income as an alternative to the US welfare state
    Traces the history of US approaches to poverty alleviation
    Shows how sexism and racism have informed US welfare programs and how UBI may offer a more just alternative

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This book explores the incentives and effects of modern welfare policy, contrasted with outcomes of global basic income pilots in the past seventy years. The author contends that paternalistic and counterproductive eligibility rules in the modern American welfare state violate the human dignity of the poor and make it nearly impossible to escape the “poverty trap.” Furthermore, these types of restrictions are absent from expenditures aimed at middle and upper-income households such as mortgage interest deductions and tax-sheltered retirement accounts. Case examples from the author's years as a front-line social worker and interviews with basic income pilot recipients in Ontario, Canada, are woven throughout the book to better illustrate the effects of the current system and the hidden potential of more radical alternatives such as a universal basic income.

About the authors

Leah Hamilton is Associate Professor of Social Work at Appalachian State University, USA. She is an Executive Committee member for the Basic Income Earth Network and President of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 42,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Welfare Doesn't Work
Book Subtitle
The Promises of Basic Income for a Failed American Safety Net
Authors
Series Title
Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-37121-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-37121-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-37120-3
Series ISSN
2662-3803
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 144
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