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Maciej Szlinder


Universal Basic Income – Towards Equality


I argue in this article that implementation of the universal basic income would have positive effect on equality in three senses. First, it would enhance economic equality by increasing the level of employment, reinforcement of the workers’ bargaining power and redistributive forms of funding. Second, it would decrease inequalities between women and men by dismantling of the state of precarity, revaluation of care work and housework done by women and enhancement of their economic independence from their partners. And third, it would increase political equality and enable participatory democracy. Apart from understanding equality as a value in itself, I show that, according to Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, high inequalities of income lead to an array of social and health problems.

Keywords: universal basic income, equality, employment, gender, participatory democracy.

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