Speenhamland, automation and the basic income: A lesson from history?

Frederick Harry Pitts, Lorena Lombardozzi, Neil Warner

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Basic income may not be the ideal response to automation and technological unemployment envisaged by its proponents. In fact, it risks embalming our current economy – defined by low-skilled, low-paid, and unrewarding work – for longer than would otherwise be the case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-155
Number of pages11
JournalRenewal: A Journal of Social Democracy
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2017

Structured keywords

  • Digital Societies


  • Speenhamland
  • Automation
  • Basic income
  • Postcapitalism
  • Labour Party
  • Poor Laws

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