Stop answering centrist questions: the left can only win when it answers the questions it was founded to pose

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Abstract

This article summarises a series of findings from a programme of research on the viability of Universal Basic Income as a transformative public policy. The findings suggest that the left should stop answering liberal questions. This means no longer being preoccupied by who currently votes and their assumed ‘inherent’ values. Instead, as the left’s founding figures thought, it must consider how the vast majority of the population who would benefit from transformative material change can be persuaded of the benefit of voting for left policies. Our findings suggest that workers are keenly aware of the need for transformative material change and can be persuaded to support that change electorally through narratives that demonstrate specific benefits to specific groups. The findings ought to grant hope to progressive policymakers: change is possible and incrementalism is not an inevitable strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWho votes for the left & why? In search of our identity
Subtitle of host publicationSelected contributions of the strategy seminar of transform! Europe and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation 2022
Place of PublicationBrussels, Belgium
Publishertransform! europe
Pages70-78
Number of pages9
VolumeFebruary
ISBN (Print)9783903343344, 9783903343405
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

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