Some skeptics of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) object to the policy proposal’s component of unconditionality on the grounds of potential exploitation of net payers by net beneficiaries of a UBI. This talk argues that gender inequalities of power and resources, which are largely (but not solely), the result of women’s disproportionate responsibility for care work, must be explicitly highlighted in the argument for the unconditional component of a UBI. It further discusses how each of the components of a UBI--universality, individuality, and unconditionality--can contribute to the redistribution of assets, power, and care work that are central to reducing gender inequality.
ALMAZ ZELLEKE is Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University. Prior to joining NYU, she was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The New School in New York. Her academic interests are in political theory and public policy, feminist political theory, and comparative political economy. Her articles on basic income, distributive justice, welfare policy, and feminist political theory have been published in Basic Income Studies, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Policy and Politics, Review of Social Economy, and Journal of Socio-Economics.
She is a member of the Board of Advisors of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) and of the International Advisory Board of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). Zelleke has a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University and an AB in Politics from Princeton University.