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Politics of Basic Income Talk Series – UBI in Central and Eastern Europe: Attention, Strategies and Reforms – June 20th at 4pm

Juni 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Title: UBI in Central and Eastern Europe: Attention, Strategies and Reforms
Date: 20th of June, 4:00 pm (UK time)


This talk will bring together speakers from three Central European countries to discuss the situation of UBI in their regions, focusing on the political atmosphere, public reception, and historical pilots and schemes. Marek will address UBI in the Czech Republic, particularly its impact on citizens, civil society, political parties, and researchers. He will also cover Czech experiences in the European Citizen’s Initiatives for basic income from 2013-2014 and 2020-2022. Maciej will discuss the pilot program proposed by The Association of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Borderlands Communes in the Polish-Russian border region, which garnered significant media attention but did not proceed due to a lack of funding. His presentation will delve into the program’s assumptions, experimental design, and public reception. Boglárka will represent the Hungarian UBI space, discussing public reception of UBI, particularly among those affected by the rise of AI. She will align these views with the Hungarian government’s stance and provide insights into the obstacles to UBI’s popularity in Hungary, offering recommendations on which arguments UBI experts could better emphasize in promoting UBI.

Speakers’ bios:

Boglárka Herke Research Fellow at the Institute for Sociology, HUN-REN Centre for Social Sciences. She obtained her PhD at Corvinus University of Budapest. Her main research interests include welfare attitudes, social and family policy, and single-parent families. She is involved in a research project examining attitudes towards UBI in Hungary within the context of the future labour market. A recent publication from the project is: Herke, B., & Vicsek, L. (2022). The attitudes of young citizens in higher education towards universal basic income in the context of automation—A qualitative study. International Journal of Social Welfare, 31(3), 310–322.

Maciej Szlinder is a philosopher, sociologist, and economist. He did his PhD at the Institute of Philosophy of the Adam Mickiewicz University
in Poznań. He is President of the Polish Basic Income Network, a member of Unconditional Basic Income Europe and the Spanish Basic Income Network, and author of the Unconditional Basic Income: Revolutionary reform of society in the XXI century (2018). He edits the scientific journal Theoretical Practice, and is a member of the National Council of the Polish political party Razem.

Marek Hrubec is a social and political philosopher and an expert on global studies, dealing with social justice and UBI in various parts of the world. His latest work on UBI is a book Basic Income in the World: Arguments, Experiments, History (with M. Brabec and M. Minarova; 2nd edition in 2022; in English and in Czech). He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Global Studies Association of North America and in the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Starting in Oct 2023: Politics of Basic Income Talk Series!

Starting in October 2023 and continuing monthly on every 3rd Thursday, join us for a global exploration of Universal Basic Income (UBI) politics, hosted by the Bath UBI Beacon and Freiburg Institute of Basic Income Studies (FRIBIS), in partnership with the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). Experts from around the world will share insights on UBI policy, movement building, and research.

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