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Alternative Social States and the Basic Income Debate: Institutions, Inequality and Human Development

Louise Haagh
Published Online: 2015-08-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bis-2015-0002


This essay explores how institutional responses to human development differentiate capitalist systems and shape developmental dimensions of stratification and freedom. I advocate differentiating the analyses of systems of institutions and freedom, including by setting out their developmental dimensions. Doing so allows me to analyse ethical and political problems of high inequality capitalism that Piketty highlights as they relate to the cooperative and developmental character of public services, and to set the BI project in relation to human development.

Keywords: Institutional analysis; human development; developmental freedom; alternative social states; basic income debate


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Citation Information: Basic Income Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 45–81, ISSN (Online) 1932-0183, ISSN (Print) 2194-6094, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bis-2015-0002.

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