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Transfer State: The Idea of a Guaranteed Income and the Politics of Redistribution in Modern Britain

Peter Sloman

Abstract

The idea of a guaranteed minimum income has been central to British social policy debates for more than a century. Since the First World War, a variety of market economists, radical activists, and social reformers have emphasized the possibility of tackling poverty through direct cash transfers between the state and its citizens. As manufacturing employment has declined and wage inequality has grown since the 1970s, cash benefits and tax credits have become a major income source for millions of working-age households, including many low-paid workers with children. The nature and purpose of the ... More

Keywords: Universal Basic Income, guaranteed income, social security, tax credits, taxation, welfare state, policy history, redistribution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813262
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813262.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Sloman, author
University Lecturer in British Politics, University of Cambridge, UK