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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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Is a Citizen's Income Politically Feasible?558

Is a Citizen's Income Politically Feasible?558

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(p.211) Chapter 13 Is a Citizen's Income Politically Feasible?558
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Money for everyone
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Malcolm Torry

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447311249.003.0013

This chapter studies a variety of political ideologies: the New Right, Socialism, One Nation Conservatism, Liberalism, Social Democracy, and the Third Way. For each ideology it asks what arguments can be made for a Citizen's Income on the basis of the ideology, what arguments have in fact been made, what arguments might be made against a Citizen's Income on the basis of the ideology, and what arguments against a Citizen's Income have in fact been made. Green perspectives are also discussed in terms of a Citizen's Income's possible impacts on consumption of natural resources and on care for the planet. All of the ideologies studied are found to generate arguments for a Citizen's Income, and arguments against are found to be more generic, to be answerable, and to have little to do with any of the ideologies. The chapter then studies today's shorter term policy directions: the encouragement of enterprise in a free market context, the extension of choice, equality between women and men, active and equal citizenship, and ‘we’re in it together’. A Citizen's Income coheres with all of them. The chapter concludes that a Citizen's Income is politically feasible, particularly if implemented one demographic group at a time.

Keywords:   New Right, Socialism, One Nation Conservatism, Liberalism, Social Democracy, Third Way, Green perspectives, Policy directions, Political feasibility, Generic arguments

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