40 Comp. Lab. L. & Pol'y J. 153 (2018-2019)
Unconditional Basic Income and the Rejuvenation of the Welfare State: A Review of Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy by Philippe Van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght

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    UNCONDITIONAL BASIC INCOME AND THE
    REJUVENATION OF THE WELFARE STATE


    A REVIEW OF BASIC INCOME: A RADICAL
    PROPOSAL FOR A FREE SOCIETY AND A SANE
    ECONOMY BY PHILIPPE VAN PARIJS AND
              YANNICK VANDERBORGHT


              Robert van der Veent and Loek Groottt

                          I. INTRODUCTION

                       A. A Radical Proposal
    With Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane
Economy, Philippe Van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght have managed to
combine three ambitious goals in an exceptionally attractive format.' Their
book is first a lively political treatise in the tradition of realistic utopianism,
arguing for the radical proposal to rejuvenate the Western social model-
under threat of automation, globalization, and ageing populations-by
installing a basic needs-covering unconditional income at its core. It is,
secondly, a surefooted didactic exposition of the topic's public economics
and political economy aspects, taking off from the two Belgian authors'
earlier collaboration in the French language primer l'Allocation Universelle
(2000), duly broadened and assiduously updated to include many of the major
developments and contributions of the last decades, from trials with
unconditional cash grants in the developing world, Euro-dividend ideas, and
the revival of experimentation with basic income-like arrangements. Thirdly,
Basic Income marks the final stage of Van Parijs's ongoing effort from Real
Freedom for All (1995)2 onwards, to bring political philosophy to bear on a
definitive moral justification of the controversial unconditionalities of a basic

   t  University of Amsterdam, Department of Political Science
   tt Utrecht University, Utrecht University School of Economics U.S.E.
   1. PHILIPPE VAN PARIJS & YANNICK VANDERBORGHT, BASIC INCOME: A RADICAL PROPOSAL FOR
A FREE SOCIETY AND A SANE ECONOMY (2017).
   2. PHILIPPE VAN PARIJS, REAL FREEDOM FOR ALL: WHAT (IF ANYTHING) CAN JUSTIFY
CAPITALISM? (1995).

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