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The Feasibility of a Basic Income

Michael Opielka
Publication date: 
Tue, 22 Apr 2008

This policy brief will discuss some normative and political aspects of the feasibility of a welfare reform based upon the idea of a basic income.

Firstly, it will make the case for  the increasing irrelevance of a wage-centred welfare state, in the wake of recent increases in economic productivity and, more significantly, the increasing social inequality confronting disadvantaged citizens.
Secondly, it will focus on some current debates in Germany, arguably the heartland of the welfare architecture of wage-based social insurances, in order to assess the practical implications of various theoretical approaches.