New academic paper on basic income suggests it’s time to get specific on policy proposals

A new PhD dissertation by Jurgen De Wispelaere explores the political and administrative feasibility of basic income, such as how to translate basic income from a worthy, general idea to something that is tangible and ready to implement.

De Wispelaere notes that basic income advocates face an uphill battle against politicians and a general public that is broadly skeptical about giving “money for nothing.” He also argues that too many people “think about basic income as a general idea rather than a set of specific policy proposals.”

His dissertation “identifies a range of key implementation challenges that need to be carefully resolved for basic income to become a practical policy proposal.”

De Wispelaere serves on the Board of Basic Income Canada Network and was co-editor of the book Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research.