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Should we abolish household debts? JOHNNA MONTGOMERIE

We live in a culture of credit. As wages have stagnated in recent years, we’ve seen a dramatic surge in private borrowing across the western world, with increasing numbers of households sucked into a hopeless vortex of spiraling debt. This punchy and original book argues that this situation is chronically dysfunctional. Johnna Montgomerie shows that tackling it head on and abolishing household debts can help us simultaneously end austerity and tackle accelerating inequality and the housing crisis. She threads together astute economic analysis with an accessible guide to practical policy solutions, such as extending unconventional monetary policy to the household sector, providing pragmatic and affordable refinancing options, and writing off the most pernicious elements of household debt. This book will appeal to the growing numbers of people interested in creating alternative paths to economic renewal, and offers an inspiring agenda that can change our collective future. JOHNNA MONTGOMERIE is Lecturer in Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Series: The Future of Capitalism 190 x 124mm | 140 pages | October 2018

HB | 978-1-5095-2539-3 £35.00 | $45.00 | €44.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2540-9

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The Case for Universal Basic Income LOUISE HAAGH

Paying every citizen a basic income regardless of their circumstances sounds utopian. However, as our economies are transformed and welfare states feel the strain, it has become a hotly debated issue. In this compelling book, Louise Haagh, a world-leading expert on basic income, argues that UBI is essential to advancing freedom and democracy in the twentyfirst century. She shows that, far from being a silver-bullet that will transform or replace capitalism, or a mere sticking plaster, it is a crucial element in a broader task of constructing a democratic society that will promote human development and economic justice. She utilizes real-world research to examine how it can be implemented in a range of different contexts across the globe. This book will be essential reading for anyone who wants to get beyond the hype and properly understand one of the most important issues facing politics, economics and social policy today. LOUISE HAAGH is Reader in Politics at the University of York.

Series: The Case For

190 x 124mm | 140 pages | November 2018

HB | 978-1-5095-2295-8 £35.00 | $45.00 | €44.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2296-5

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