BIEN-conference: Rethinking the Welfare State in the 21st Century

Event start date
Event start time
09.00
Event end date
Event end time
18.00
Place

Main campus, University of Tampere, address: Kalevantie 4

Organiser(s)

University of Tampere and BIEN Finland network

Basic Income and the New Universalism: Rethinking the Welfare State in the 21st Century

In the 20th century the welfare states were successful in reducing poverty, building trust between different socio-economic groups and providing more equal opportunities for all. However, many welfare state structures reflect the societies of the past rather than those of the future. The welfare state institutions have not been able to regenerate to follow the changed labour market conditions and lifestyles. The present day welfare states are also tightly intertwined with the unsustainable economic structures at local and global levels.

Societal reforms require visions and political will, but for implementing and evaluating them science is essential. Different theories, models and scientifically valid experiment setups are needed to gain valid information about effects of the reforms in, for example, administration or labour markets. The congress will invite researchers, activists, policymakers, students and larger audiences to discuss the research and implementations emerging from the current shift of growing interest towards basic income.

The conference will focus on both knowledge/evidence (how BI really works), policy design and implementation (how does basic income interact with existing structures/institutions and which changes are needed to make it work) and political aspects (how do we proceed pushing basic income onto the policy agendas). Presentations and discussions on these topics give room for academic researchers, citizen activists and policy implementations (both party initiatives/politics and institutional and private experiments).

These different approaches raise many questions to be dealt with during the conference: Which pathways towards basic income current experiments and initiatives can give? How unconditional basic income changes the welfare state institutions and regimes? How will establishing a well-functioning basic income scheme relate to other policies? What are the most promising pathways to basic income? What can we learn from public and private experiments on basic income? Can universalism be extended to continental and global levels?

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