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Erik Olin Wright, Unconditional Basic Income: Progressive Potentials and Neoliberal Traps

by Bill Dunn on March 13, 2018
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Erik Olin Wright, Unconditional Basic Income: Progressive Potentials and Neoliberal Traps

Within Envisioning Real Utopias, Erik Olin Wright argues that a social economy could be promoted if the state, through its capacity to tax, provided funding for socially organised non-market production and that the institution of an unconditional basic income could be one such policy. By partially delinking income from employment earnings, an unconditional basic income would enable voluntary associations of all sorts to create new forms of meaningful and productive work in the social economy. The result would be economic democracy by creating conditions of social power, organised through civil society to establish social empowerment.

In his return to the Department of Political Economy and the University of Sydney, as an Honorary Professor, Erik Olin Wright revisits and further develops these arguments with crucial import for economic policy and envisioning anti-capitalism in and beyond Australia.

A recording of his presentation is available, here:

 

Venue: New Law Lecture Theatre 104, Eastern Avenue

Date: Thursday 29 March 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Bill Dunn
Bill Dunn works in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. His principal research interests are in the contemporary global political economy of labour, crises, international trade and Marxism.

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