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    Enabling Participation Income for an Eco-Social State

    Laruffa, Francesco and McGann, Michael and Murphy, Mary P. (2021) Enabling Participation Income for an Eco-Social State. Social Policy and Society. ISSN 1474-7464

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    We revise Atkinson’s concept of a ‘participation income’ (PI), repositioning it as a form of green conditional basic income that is anchored in a capabilities-oriented eco-social policy framework. This framework combines the capability approach with an ‘ethics of care’ to re-shape the focus of social policy on individuals’ capability to ‘take care of the world’, thus shifting the emphasis from economic production to social reproduction and environmental reparation. In developing this proposal, we seek to address key questions about the feasibility of implementing PI schemes: including their administrative complexity and the criticism that a PI constitutes either an arbitrary and confusing, or invasive and stigmatising, form of basic income. To address these concerns, we argue for an enabling approach to incentivising participation whereby participation pathways are co-created with citizens on the basis of opportunities they recognise as meaningful rather than enforced through strict monitoring and sanctions.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article, which is available at Laruffa, F., McGann, M., & Murphy, M. (2021). Enabling Participation Income for an Eco-Social State. Social Policy and Society, 1-12. doi:10.1017/S1474746421000750
    Keywords: Capabilities; eco-social policy; participation income; post-productivism; co-production;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 15044
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    Depositing User: Michael McGann
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2021 16:51
    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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