Universal Basic Income and the Reshaping of Democracy

Towards a Citizens’ Stipend in a New Political Order

  • Burkhard Wehner

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


How, where and when can a universal basic income be put into political practice? This book discusses these questions by analyzing the political logic of a basic income and its controversial political and scientific implications. The author studies the institutions, rules, and decision-making processes of conventional democracies to reveal an institutional framework in which a universal basic income for all citizens could eventually become politically viable. The work addresses a broad range of topics, such as nationwide experiments with a basic income, voters’ support for the idea, and the effects of a basic income on business cycles and demographic policies. As such, it will appeal to anyone interested in the preconditions and implications of introducing a universal basic income.


Universal basic income Unconditional basic income Demographic policy Social policy Welfare state Basic income referendum Citizen's stipend Neocracy

Authors and affiliations

  • Burkhard Wehner
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  1. 1.HorstGermany

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