The 2014 Basic Income Studies Best Essay Prize is awarded to Toru Yamamori. The winning paper is entitled ‘A Feminist Way to Basic Income: Claimants Unions and Women’s Liberation Movements in Britain 1968-1987.
The paper shed light on a forgotten struggle of working class women in claimants unions that articulated a feminist rationale for an unconditional basic income and succeeded to pass the resolution which asked the whole British Women’s Liberation movement to endorse the demand, at the National Women’s Liberation conferences. The paper is based on an oral historical research conducted over 13 years.
The author said that he thanks to interviewees who gave him enormous support both practically and emotionally, and this prize is, he believes, awarded collectively to their admirable struggle, not individually to the nominal author.
The shorter version of the paper is published in the latest volume of Basic Income Studies, 2014; 9(1-2).
A book has been published by Palgrave Macmillan in its series “Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee.” Entitled “Basic Income in Japan. Prospects for a Radical Idea in a Transforming Welfare State“, and co-edited by Yannick
Vanderborght & Toru Yamamori, this collective volume provides the international audience with the very first general overview of the scholarly debate on basic income in Japan.