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The case for Universal Basic Services

Gough, Ian (2020) The case for Universal Basic Services. LSE Public Policy Review, 1 (2). ISSN 2633-4046

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Identification Number: 10.31389/lseppr.12

Abstract

This paper shifts the focus from transfers to public services. It mounts a case for Universal Basic Services (UBS): a proposal to safeguard and develop existing public services and to extend this model of provision into new areas. The first part argues that public services require a distinct conceptual justification and sets this out in terms of shared human needs and a foundational economy. The second part develops the normative arguments for UBS, in terms of efficiency, equality, solidarity and sustainability. The third part considers some of the issues to be faced in delivering UBS and the role of state institutions, with brief illustrations of adult social care and bus transport service provisions. The final section summarises some developments, including experience of Covid-19, which might enhance the political impetus for UBS.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://ppr.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2020 CC-BY The Author
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2020 12:15
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2021 17:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/107815

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