An egalitarian case for basic income

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Title: An egalitarian case for basic income
Authors: Baker, John
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Date: 1992
Online since: 2012-05-01T15:48:24Z
Abstract: In section 1, I set out a general perspective on the nature of egalitarianism and relate it to some familiar conceptions of economic equality. In section 2, I argue in keeping with the popular notion of equality that it makes sense to think of equal income as a baseline against which departures need to be justified. Section 3 discusses some problems which arise concerning departures from equal income justified by different needs, and argues for a particular approach based on what I shall call a 'background agreement' on need. Section 4 looks at the issue of relating income to work, and tries to construct and defend an interpretation of the idea that income inequalities should compensate people for differences in their work. I argue for a system of 'compensating differentials' based on a background agreement regarding the benefits and burdens of different kinds and amounts of work. Section 5 considers the principles of free choice of occupation and of the right not to work, with particular reference to their role in a system of compensating differentials. In section 6, I show how the case for a basic income follows from the conception of economic equality I have put forward.
Funding Details: Higher Education Authority
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Verso
Keywords: EqualityBasic incomeWorkCompensationEgalitarianismNeed
Subject LCSH: Income
Compensation management
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Van Parijs, Philippe (ed.). Arguing for Basic Income : Ethical Foundations for a Radical Reform
ISBN: 0860915867
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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