Gender, Family, and Income Maintenance: A Feminist Case for Citizen’s Basic Income, by A. McKay and J. Vanavery

Social Politics 7 (2), 2000, 266-284. (First author’s address: Glasgow Caledonian Univ, Dept Econ, Glasgow G4 0BA, Lanark, Scotland.)
Economist McKay and sociologist Vanavery consider proposals for a citizen’s basic income in the light of feminist arguments about welfare and inequality. Drawing on feminist critiques of the male breadwinner family, on lesbian and gay demands for sexual citizenship, and on the need to develop welfare policy suitable for a ‘postfamilial’ society, they argue that a citizen’s basic income has the potential to provide a basis for a truly universal citizenship.