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Fighting poverty in the European Union. An assessment of the prospects for a European universal basic income. Tesi universitaria in Philosophy and Social Sciences

di Francois Denuit

Una tesi universitaria (in inglese) a cura di Francois Denuit, dal titolo “Fighting poverty in the European Union. An assessment of the prospects for a European universal basic income” Philosophy and Social Sciences. Academic year 2018-2019. Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles.

Dall’abstract della tesi:

“It is widely agreed that a society must guarantee a social minimum to all its members. Yet, the  organisation of social protection within the European Union (EU) is insufficient to protect all
Europeans effectively against the risk of poverty and social exclusion. Against this backdrop, this thesis investigates whether a European universal basic income (EUBI) is, if at all, a worthwhile
policy to address the problem of poverty in the EU.
The central claim of the study posits that there are strong reasons to consider a partial EUBI as a desirable instrument for EU-wide poverty alleviation. Under this scenario, the EU works as a
complementary welfare layer offering systemic support to its Member States’ welfare models whilst respecting the diversity of national social protection arrangements. At the same time, as an
instrument of pan-European solidarity, the EUBI provides substance to EU social citizenship. The method used is problem-oriented and interdisciplinary, combining insights from political
theory, political economy and EU studies writ large. After having layed out the various dimensions underpinning the problem of poverty in the EU and clarified the contours of the solution under
scrutiny, the thesis confronts the EUBI with a series of challenges, ranging from normative issues associated with the unconditionality of the basic income and the pursuit of social justice in the EU, to the institutional hurdles pertaining to the legal feasibility of the proposal, via the macroeconomic difficulties related to the diversity of interdependent economies.
Overall, this contribution examines an idea which remains unexplored in EU studies and proposes a new approach to European anti-poverty strategy. It also bridges the gap between EU social policy and basic income literatures, beyond established boundaries of research compartmentalisation. As such, it prepares the ground for further fine-tuned research in the areas covered by this
comprehensive multi-dimensional analysis.”

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