Universal basic services and renewing social democracy

Renewal - ISSN 0968-5211
Volume 32 Number 1 (2024)

Universal basic services and renewing social democracy
Anna Coote pages 81-90


The term ‘universal basic services’ (UBS) describes a set of proposals for achieving universal access to life’s essentials within the limits of a finite ecosystem. It’s not a new idea but a product of learning about the strengths and weaknesses of social democracy over more than six decades. It reclaims the collective ideal that shaped the post-war settlement and resets it for the twenty-first century. It is designed as part of a systemic strategy for tackling the climate emergency by way of social justice. And this, surely, must be a driving force in renewing social democracy today.

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Anna Coote (2024) Universal basic services and renewing social democracy, Renewal, 32(1), 81-90

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