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    Income Support in an Eco-Social State: The Case for Participation Income

    Mc Gann, Michael and Murphy, Mary P. (2021) Income Support in an Eco-Social State: The Case for Participation Income. Social Policy and Society. ISSN 1474-7464

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    Contemporary models of welfare capitalism have frequently been critiqued about their fit-for-purpose in provisioning for people’s basic needs including care, and longer-term ecological sustainability. The Covid-19 pandemic has also exposed the need for better institutions and a new welfare architecture. We argue a post-productivist eco-social state can deliver sustainable well-being and meet basic needs. Arguing Universal Basic Services are an essential building block and prerequisite for a de-commodified welfare state, we focus on examining the form of income support that might best complement UBS. The article develops, from the perspective of feminist arguments and the capabilities approach, a case for Participation Income. This, we argue, can be aligned with targeted policy goals, particularly reward for and redistribution of human and ecological care or reproduction and other forms of socially valued participation. It may also, in the short term, be more administratively practical and politically feasible than universal basic income.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Cite as: McGann, M., & Murphy, M. (2021). Income Support in an Eco-Social State: The Case for Participation Income. Social Policy and Society, 1-15. doi:10.1017/S1474746421000397. © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press
    Keywords: capabilities; eco-social policy; universal basic services; participation income; post-productivism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 14839
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    Depositing User: Michael McGann
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 15:27
    Journal or Publication Title: Social Policy and Society
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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