Guaranteed minimum income and universal basic income programs: Implications for Adult education

Juan Ramón Rodríguez-Fernández, Spyros Themelis

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Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) is currently the principal mechanism for fighting poverty and achieving social inclusion among a plethora of social policies in the European Union (EU). In GMI, education and vocational training hold a major role in fighting social exclusion and promoting social cohesion. The first part of the paper discusses the characteristics and limitations of the GMI scheme.
The second part of the paper discusses an alternative model for income support, intended to achieve a fairer and more cohesive society, the Universal Basic Income (UBI). We close by highlighting the potential that UBI schemes have on reconfiguring education, with an emphasis on adult education. On its own, UBI cannot challenge the neoliberal hegemony. However, UBI can become a means for shifting attention to alternative conceptualisations of social inclusion based on the creation of an adult education for critical and participatory citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-85
Number of pages23
JournalAustralian Journal of Adult Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2021


  • Adult education
  • universal basic income
  • Poverty
  • guaranteed minimum income
  • social policy
  • social inclusion
  • vocational training

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