The perceived legitimacy of a basic income among Finnish food aid recipients

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Linnanvirta , S , Kroll , C & Blomberg , H 2019 , ' The perceived legitimacy of a basic income among Finnish food aid recipients ' , International Journal of Social Welfare , vol. 28 , no. 3 , pp. 271-281 . https://doi.org/10.1111/ijsw.12362

Title: The perceived legitimacy of a basic income among Finnish food aid recipients
Author: Linnanvirta, Suvi; Kroll, Christian; Blomberg, Helena
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
Date: 2019-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: International Journal of Social Welfare
ISSN: 1369-6866
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332720
Abstract: Discussions on the pros and cons of a basic income (BI) have remained mainly at the 'systemic level'. Based on survey and interview data, this study provides a 'bottom-up' perspective on the legitimacy of the idea of a basic income among people queuing in breadlines in Helsinki in late 2016, who are assumed to be affected positively by this benefit. While general support for the idea is high, not everyone supports an unconditional BI. Despite the likely 'objective interest', a BI does not seem to be supported by food aid recipients any more than by the general population as measured by a previous study. Besides interests, normative beliefs and perceptions of deservingness seem of importance for legitimacy too, especially among those not supporting a BI. Doubts regarding a BI are to some extent connected to wishes to limit the social citizenship of some of the persons in the breadlines.
Subject: social policy
poverty
welfare reform
economic hardship
quantitative research
qualitative research
Finland
WELFARE-STATE
POVERTY
5142 Social policy
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