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Global Capitalism and its Critics: Discussion Group

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Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS , University of London, Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, Director of the ILO ’s Socio-Economic Security Programme (1999-2006) and Director of the ILO ’s Labour Market Policies Branch.

An economist, with a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, he is a founder and co-President of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an NGO promoting basic income, with members in over 50 countries. He has been consultant to many international agencies, including the UNDP , UNICEF, World Bank, European Commission and DFID , as well as governments and trades unions. In 1995-96, he was research director for President Mandela’s Labour Market Policy Commission.

Recent books are A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (Bloomsbury, 2014), The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (Bloomsbury, 2011; second edition, 2014), Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (Elgar, 2009). The Precariat has been translated into 14 languages. For some years he has also worked on pilot basic income schemes in India, with SEWA , a union representing women. This has resulted in S.Davala, R.Jhabvala, S.Mehta and G.Standing, Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India (Bloomsbury, 2015).

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