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'An idea whose time has come?' Tracing the history of Universal Basic Income in British politics, 1918-201

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  • User Dr Peter Sloman (Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and Churchill College, Cambridge)
  • ClockTuesday 07 November 2017, 17:45-19:15
  • HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Rachel E. Holmes.

The idea of a Universal Basic Income has moved rapidly up the British political agenda in recent years, with support from the Royal Society of Arts, the Green Party, and left-wing writers such as Paul Mason. Contemporary interest in basic income forms part of a lively global debate about inequality and the impact of automation, but it also draws on a long history of proposals for tax-benefit integration in Britain which dates back almost a century. This talk will examine the history of the idea and analyse the prospects for its successful implementation.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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