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Malcolm Torry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447311249

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447311249.001.0001

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Who Should Receive a Citizen's Income?485

Who Should Receive a Citizen's Income?485

(p.187) Chapter 12 Who Should Receive a Citizen's Income?485
Money for everyone

Malcolm Torry

Policy Press

The history of the citizenship debate in the UK is related. Citizenship rights are discussed, as are economic rights, citizenship duties, and the idea of reciprocity. A Citizen's Income would contribute to a civic minimum and thus to the necessary basis for citizenship duties and real freedom. In a more globalised world, people possess layered citizenship, i.e., they are citizens at national, regional, and global levels; and at each layer they experience degrees of citizenship. National, regional and global Citizen's Incomes would recognise and enhance citizenships at these different levels. The suggestion is made that the electoral register should be used to determine who should receive a Citizen's Income. As well as providing a criterion for receipt, this would enhance democratic engagement. A Citizen's Income would come to define citizenship, and to define the boundaries of the citizenry, as much as it would recognise our citizenship. It would make it easier for us to fulfil our citizenship duties, via employment and other kinds of work, and it would enhance rights both to work and to income.

Keywords:   Citizens, Citizenship, Rights, Economic rights, Reciprocity, duties, civic minimum, layered citizenship, degrees of citizenship, electoral register

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