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Why we need a Citizen's Basic Income$
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Malcolm Torry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447343158

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447343158.001.0001

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Is it feasible?1

Is it feasible?1

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(p.93) Seven Is it feasible?1
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Why we need a Citizen's Basic Income
Author(s):

Malcolm Torry

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447343158.003.0007

This chapter examines whether a Citizen's Basic Income is feasible — that is, capable of being legislated and implemented. To answer this question, the chapter considers multiple feasibilities: financial feasibility (whether it would be possible to finance a Citizen's Basic Income, and whether implementation would impose substantial financial losses on any households or individuals); psychological feasibility (whether the idea is readily understood, and understood to be beneficial); administrative feasibility (whether it would be possible to administer a Citizen's Basic Income and to manage the transition); behavioural feasibility (whether a Citizen's Basic Income would work for households and individuals once it was implemented); political feasibility (whether the idea would cohere with existing political ideologies); and policy process feasibility (whether the political process would be able to process the idea through to implementation). After explaining each of these feasibilities in detail, the chapter asks whether they are additive, conjunctive, or disjunctive.

Keywords:   financial feasibility, Citizen's Basic Income, implementation, psychological feasibility, administrative feasibility, behavioural feasibility, political feasibility, policy process feasibility, political process, feasibility

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