The Origins of Universal Grants

An Anthology of Historical Writings on Basic Capital and Basic Income

  • John Cunliffe
  • Guido Erreygers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Basic Capital Proposals

  3. Basic Income Proposals

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 170-179

About this book


Should all young adults receive a capital grant? Should all individuals be given a lifetime regular income? Would either form of payment be just or unjust? These questions figure prominently in recent social philosophy and policy discussions on 'stakeholding' and 'basic income'. Both types of proposal have a long, but largely unknown history. This anthology contains a wide variety of historical contributions, some of which are presented in English for the first time, highlighting striking parallels between past and present debates.


economic policy economics poverty

Editors and affiliations

  • John Cunliffe
    • 1
  • Guido Erreygers
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK
  2. 2.University of AntwerpBelgium

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