COVID-19 and welfare state support: the case of universal basic income

David Weisstanner*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has revived discussions about universal basic income (UBI) as a potential crisis response. Yet despite favorable circumstances, little actual policy change in this area was observed. This article seeks to explain this absence of policy change and to reflect on the prospects for introducing UBI schemes after the pandemic in European democracies. I argue that public opinion on UBI provides few electoral incentives to push for social policy change. Using prepandemic data from 21 European democracies and pandemic data from the UK, I show that political support for UBI has been divided between different groups who advocate conflicting policy goals and who hold divergent views about existing welfare state arrangements. While support for UBI might have increased during the pandemic, the underlying political dividing lines are likely to have remained intact. Due to these enduring divisions and the stable support for existing social policy arrangements over an untested policy, the prospects for introducing UBI schemes in the post-pandemic world remain uncertain.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftPolicy and Society
Vol/bind41
Nummer1
Sider (fra-til)96-110
Antal sider15
ISSN1449-4035
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2022

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