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Basic Income, Republican Freedom, and Effective Market Power


  • Jubb Robert

    (University of Oxford)


This article examines republican arguments for a basic income that turn on a right to exit the labour market. It gives criteria for the maintenance of republican freedom in markets, arguing that a right to exit or effective market power will guarantee republican freedom in markets. The article then considers whether a basic income is either sufficient or necessary to protect republican freedom both in labour markets and elsewhere. If a basic income is necessary to protect republican freedom in the labour market, I argue it is not sufficient to protect that freedom elsewhere. If citizens lack the means to maintain their republican freedom in the labour market, then there may be other spheres of life where they are vulnerable to subordination, whether or not they have a basic income. Some sociological evidence on cultural consumption patterns is presented.

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  • Jubb Robert, 2008. "Basic Income, Republican Freedom, and Effective Market Power," Basic Income Studies, De Gruyter, vol. 3(2), pages 1-19, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bistud:v:3:y:2008:i:2:n:4

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    1. Wright Erik Olin, 2006. "Basic Income as a Socialist Project," Basic Income Studies, De Gruyter, vol. 1(1), pages 1-11, June.
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