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University of Tampere: What is the Role of Basic Income in Welfare State Development?

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Researchers and stakeholders from around the world gather in Finland in August

“Basic Income and the New Universalism: Rethinking the Welfare State in the 21st Century”, 18th World Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), University of Tampere, Finland, 24-26 August 2018.


Increasing economic, social and political inequality and division are problems of our time. However, social activists, academics and decision-makers are reflecting how innovative social programmes - such as an unconditional and universal basic income - could reinvigorate the foundations of the welfare state in Finland and elsewhere in Europe and around the world. Finland holds a unique place in this debate because of the basic income experiment currently rolled out across the country, which has gathered international media and policy attention.

Bringing together more than 300 participants from more than 30 countries, the congress will discuss the role of basic income in the next stage of welfare state development. Plenary sessions feature distinguished speakers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, and several European countries, including an opening address by the former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen.

Basic Income in Motion, an international film festival showcasing more than a dozen documentaries and short films will take place alongside the congress.

The 2018 BIEN Congress will be preceded by a Nordic Basic Income Day on 23 August, with specific focus on the basic income debate across the Nordic countries and a public talk by Rutger Bregman on his bestselling book Utopia for Realists.

Congress website

Plenary speakers

University of Tampere, Finland
Professor Pertti Koistinen
tel. +358 50 552 2309

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