Basic Income, Disability Dimension and the Fairness Test

  • Jennifer MaysEmail author
Part of the Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee book series (BIG)


This chapter critically explores the philosophical arguments of Rawls’s theory of justice and fairness to develop a normative justification for basic income, and egalitarian distributive justice and considerations of the disability dimension. In this chapter, the question is posed, can a non-marginalizing basic income be achieved for people with disability? In response, Rawls’s theory of justice is extended to include insights from Fraser’s disability and distributive justice conceptions. The conceptions help extend basic income ideas to position the disability dimensions within basic income debates, design considerations and implementation strategies. Such an exploration helps to inform strategies for basic income that are inclusive of the disability dimension to produce enhanced equitable effects.


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  1. 1.Kelvin Grove CampusQueensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia

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