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Lecture | Welfare for Markets: A Global History of Basic Income

28 September 2023 @ 16:00 - 18:00

On 28 September, Anton Jäger (KU Leuven) and Daniel Zamora Vargas (Université Libre de Bruxelles) will give the next talk in the Utrecht Lectures in Political History series: ‘Welfare for Markets: A Global History of Basic Income’.

One of today’s most controversial proposals
The idea of a government paying its citizens to keep them out of poverty – now known as basic income – is hardly new. Often dated as far back as ancient Rome, basic income’s modern conception truly emerged in the late nineteenth century. Yet as one of today’s most controversial proposals, it draws supporters from across the political spectrum.

In this eye-opening lecture, Jäger and Zamora Vargas trace basic income from its rise in American and British policy debates following periods of economic tumult to its modern relationship with technopopulist figures in Silicon Valley. They chronicle how the idea first arose in the United States and Europe as a market-friendly alternative to the post-war welfare state and how interest in the policy has grown in the wake of the 2008 credit crisis and COVID-19 crash.

Location: Janskerkhof 2-3, room 0.13, Utrecht

Registration: Send an e-mail to Boris Wesseldijk: b.j.z.wesseldijk@uu.nl


28 September 2023
16:00 - 18:00
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