- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- Structure of the Book
- About the Author
- Chapter 1 Imagine …
- Chapter 2 How Did We Get to Where We Are Now?<sup>27</sup>
- Chapter 3 Why Do Some Reform Proposals Succeed, and Some Fail?
- Chapter 4 How Might We Implement a Citizen's Income?
- Chapter 5 Has It Ever Happened?
- Chapter 6 Criteria for a Benefits System: Coherence and Administrative Simplicity
- Chapter 7 Criteria for a Benefits System: The Family, Then, Now, and in the Future
- Chapter 8 Criteria for a Benefits System: Incentives, Efficiency, and Dignity
- Chapter 9 Criteria for a Benefits System: The Labour Market, Then, Now, and in the Future
- Chapter 10 Would People Work?
- Chapter 11 Would a Citizen's Income be an Answer to Poverty, Inequality, and Injustice?
- Chapter 12 Who Should Receive a Citizen's Income?<sup>485</sup>
- Chapter 13 Is a Citizen's Income Politically Feasible?<sup>558</sup>
- Chapter 14 Can We Afford a Citizen's Income?
- Chapter 15 Alternatives to a Citizen's Income
- Chapter 16 What Can a Citizen's Income <i>Not</i> Cope With?
- Chapter 17 A Brief Summary<sup>717</sup>
- Select Bibliography
- Names Index
- Subject Index
- (p.1) Chapter 1 Imagine …
- Money for everyone
- Policy Press
This chapter contains a variety of thought experiments. It imagines that, in order to stimulate the economy, the Government gives everyone some money, and that this becomes a permanent and popular Citizen's Income; it imagines a woman with a child, and a man with a young family, firstly anywhere in the world, and then in the UK, and their experiences of current benefits systems; and it imagines a country without a benefits system, and explores the reform options available: giving everyone the same amount, or means-testing the payment. The conclusion reached is that, in the context of a progressive income tax system, the sensible approach is a Citizen's Income. The chapter closes with a discussion of how the Citizen's Income debate out to be structured, and concludes that reform options should not be tested against tests defined by the current system, but the current system should be tested against reform options; and that it should be recognised that problems relating to any necessary transition arrangements might have more to do with the current system than with the new one.
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