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Basic income: the potential for gendered empowerment? IN Social Inclusion, Vol 6 No 4 2018, pp8-15

Looks at whether the introduction of a basic income might lead to greater gender equality and empowerment, drawing on examples of Swedish interventions which aim to reduce gender inequalities. Defines a universal basic income as an income paid by a political community to all its members on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. Explores the idea of a basic income as a means of improving the fairness and efficiency of distributing money and empowering citizens, and providing the potential for greater human flourishing. Explains that the universal worker model is concerned with human dignity, the right to work and economic independence, leading to the potential for greater human flourishing by being engaged in paid activity that is meaningful to a community. Discusses universal basic income and gender equality issues and the potential benefits to women, and draws comparisons between basic income and existing cash for care policies. Looks at the universal (paid) worker model or work line in Sweden and parental leave policies that aim to reduce gender inequalities. Concludes that there is a lack of clarity over whether a basic income payment would challenge gender inequalities.


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Koslowski, Alison; Duvander, Ann-Zofie
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