Relational sufficientarianism and basic income

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Let us suppose that all individuals are unconditionally entitled to a social minimum, some amount of economic resources provided them independently of their labor or other productive activity. What form ought this social minimum take? Traditional social welfare programs typically offer some “basket” of essential goods such as food, housing, health care, and (in some cases) income assistance. Some libertarians or liberals argue that an unconditional social minimum should instead take the form of a government-administered basic income, a direct transfer of cash to recipients, on the grounds that providing the social minimum in the form of a basket of essential goods is objectionably paternalistic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Work, Technology, and Basic Income
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429850134
ISBN (Print)9781138316065
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


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