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Why a basic income is necessary for a right to work

Standing, Guy (2013) 'Why a basic income is necessary for a right to work.' Basic Income Studies, 7 (2). pp. 19-40.

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This article makes the proposition that a right to work can only exist if an individual has a prior right to a basic income. It criticizes the perspective that maximizing the number of jobs is a meaningful way of advancing the right to work, since activity in subordinated labour is scarcely consistent with a freedom-enhancing right to work. In recalling the historical right to practise an occupation, it rejects the notion of a "job guarantee" as neither feasible nor desirable in a free society or as part of a progressive vision of a Good Society.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: basic income, job guarantee, economic security
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
ISSN: 19320183
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1515/bis-2013-0007
Depositing User: Guy Standing
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 08:35
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/15905


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