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A defence of participation income

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2015

Cristian Pérez-Muñoz*
Affiliation:
Institute of Political Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile E-mail: crperezm@uc.cl

Abstract

This article offers a novel defence of participation income (PI). It claims that there are pragmatic and normative reasons to prefer PI over alternative redistributive policies, such as an unconditional basic income and workfare programmes. In particular, it argues that PI should be conceived as a particular type of civic service programme designed to address a large number of unmet social needs that are not met by entrepreneurs in the marketplace. The article ends by addressing five objections that can be raised against its argument.

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Research Article
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© Cambridge University Press, 2015 

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