Recent Publications

Recent Publications


Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen  (London: Penguin, 2017).     Details  o  Translations  ●  Video

Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen (London: Penguin, 2017).

Details o TranslationsVideo

The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay  (London: Biteback, hardback 2016; paperback 2017).   Details  ●  Translations

The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay (London: Biteback, hardback 2016; paperback 2017).


Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India  (with S. Davala, R. Jhabvala and S.Kapoor Mehta (London and New Delhi: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).   Details

Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India (with S. Davala, R. Jhabvala and S.Kapoor Mehta (London and New Delhi: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).


A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens  (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014).     Translations  ●  Details

A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014).


The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class  (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2011; Second edition 2014; Third edition [ Revelations series ] 2016).   Video  ●  Translations  ●  Details

The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2011; Second edition 2014; Third edition [Revelations series] 2016).



A full list of books can be found here.


“Development and basic income: An emerging economic model’ (with Ian Orton) in D. Barrowclough (ed.), The Ins and Outs of Inclusive Finance: Some Lessons from Microfinance and Basic Income (New York and Geneva: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 2018). PDF

A Little More, How Much It Is...: Piloting Basic Income Transfers in Madhya Pradesh, India (New Delhi: SEWA Bharat supported by UNICEF India Office, January 2014). Executive summary :: Full report

A full list of reports can be found here. A full list of working papers can be found here.

Book Chapters

“Rentier capitalism and the precariat: The case for a commons fund”, in J. McDonnell (ed.), Economics for the Many (London and New York: Verso, 2018), pp.195-206.

"Taskers in the precariat: Confronting an emerging dystopia", in E. Paus (ed.), Confronting Dystopia: The New Technological Revolution and the Future of Work (Ithaca, NY, and London: ILR Press, 2018), pp.115-133.

"How to combat inequalities produced by global capitalism" in P. van Parijs (ed.), Basic Income and the Left: A European Debate (London: Social Europe, 2018). View original article

"Basic income pilots: A better option than quantitative easing" in P. van Parijs (ed.), Basic Income and the Left: A European Debate (London: Social Europe, 2018). View original article

"Precariato" in G. Battiston and G. Marcon (eds), La sinistra che verrà: le parole chiave per cambiare [The left that will come: The key words for change] (Rome: Edizioni minimum fax, 2018), pp. 181-189.

"The precariat dilemma" in Y. Cooper (ed.), Changing Work: Progressive Ideas for the Modern World of Work (London: Fabian Society, 2016), pp.25-31. Chapter

"Renda básica incondicional: dois projetos-piloto em Madhya Pradesh [Unconditional basic income: two pilot projects in Madhya Pradesh]", in A. Rocha, D. Calderoni, M. Comes Justo (eds), Construções da felicidade [Constructions of happiness], Coleção Invenções Democráticas Vol. 5 (São Paulo: Autêntica, 2015), pp. 323-332.

"From denizens to citizens: Forging a precariat charter" in C-U. Schierup, R. Munck, B. Likic-Brboric and A. Neergaard (eds), Migration, Precarity, & Global Governance: Challenges and Opportunities for Labour (Oxford University Press, 2015), pp.83-100.  Details

"Where's Howard?" in M. Johnson (ed.), Precariat: Labour, Work and Politics (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2015). PDF

A full list of book chapters can be found here.

Articles in Refereed Journals

“The precariat in China: A comment on conceptual confusion”, Rural China, Vol.14, No.1, 2017, pp.165-170.

"The precariat, class and progressive politics: A response", Global Labour Journal, Vol.7, No.2, 2016, pp.189-200. PDF

"The precariat and class struggle", RCCS Annual Review, 7, October 2015, pp.3-16. PDF

"Why basic income's emancipatory value exceeds its monetary value", Basic Income Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2, December 2015, pp.193-223. doi: 10.1515/bis-2015-0021. PDF

Review of A.J. Cherlin, Labor's Love Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class Family in AmericaPopulation and Development Review, Vol.41, No.3, September 2015, pp.544-547.

A full list of journal articles can be found here.

Other Journal Articles

"Entrevista a Guy Standing: 'Los nuevos avances technológicos están agravando las desigualdades económicas y fortaleciendo el capitalismo rentista' [Interview with Guy Standing: 'The new technological advances are aggravating economic inequalities and strengthening rentier capitalism']", Empleo precario : un salto al vacío, Papeles de Relaciones Ecosociales y Cambio Global, No.140, Winter 2017/18, pp. 167-171. PDF

“Az elvi alapon lázadó: a prekariátus lelkiismerete? [The principled rebel: Conscience of the precariat (essay in honour of Zsusa Ferge)]”, Esély (Hungary), No.4, 2016, pp.42-47.

"Riflessioni sul Referendum svizzero sul reddito di base [Reflections on the Swiss referendum on basic income]", Quaderni per il Reddito (QR4), Diritti sociali e reddito garantito pilastri per un'Europa 2.0, July 2016, pp.110-114. In Italian :: In English Reproduced in Quaderni per il Reddito (QR5), Thank you Switzerland: dopo il Referendum sul reddito di base in Svizzera, August 2016, pp.27-31. 

"Precariat, education and technologies: Towards a global class identity" (interviewed by Petar Jandrić), Policy Futures in Education, Vol.13, No.8, 2015, pp.990-94. doi: 10.1177/1478210315580206.

"A precariat charter and basic income", Indigo (Humanities Magazine for Young People), Vol.9, Spring/Summer 2015.

A full list of journal articles can be found here.

Articles and Interviews (Selected)

“Everyone’s talking about basic income. Here’s 8 problems it could fix” (article),, 16 April 2019. View

“Guy Standing on anxiety, anger and alienation: An interview about ‘The Precariat’” (interview), Counterpunch, 19 March 2019. View

“Dan Schneider video interview #262: More on universal basic income” (video interview), Cosmoetica, 6 March 2019. Watch

“India can pay Rs 500 to each citizen every month: economist Guy Standing” (interview), LiveMint, 4 March 2019. View

“Guy Standing explains precariat and how it is shaping world and India” (video interview), Business Today (India), 3 March 2019. Watch

“Don’t be fooled: Britain’s social ills can definitely be blamed on rising inequality” (blog), Open Democracy, 25 January 2019. View

“Jobs, jobs, jobs is geen progressief project [Jobs, jobs, jobs is not a progressive project]” (interview), Sampol - Samenleving & Politiek, January 2019. View

“What has a year of experiments taught us about basic income” (blog), World Economic Forum, 17 January 2019. View

“Basic income works and works well” (article), The Hindu, 14 January 2019. View

“Battling eight giants with basic income” (article), Project Syndicate, 14 January 2019. View

“An alternative view of Globalization 4.0, and how to get there” (blog), World Economic Forum, 7 January 2019. View

“As novas formas de trabalho [New forms of work]” (interview), CEO Brasil, 13 (35), 2018, pp.11-13. View

“How the precariat - and UBI - can stop neoliberalism from destroying the planet’ (article), Open Democracy, 31 October 2018. View

“The precariat: Today’s transformative class?” (article), Great Transition Initiative, October 2018. View :: PDF :: Debate

“Basic income: A progressive road out of austerity” (blog), Open Democracy, 18 September 2018. View

“Arguments for universal basic income” (interview), Sputnik International, 15 September 2018. Listen

"Why a job guarantee is a bad joke for the precariat - and for freedom" (blog), Open Democracy, 7 September 2018. View

"Guy Standing: The basic income is a fundamental emancipator policy" (interview), Pressenza International Press Agency, 23 August 2018. View & video

"Why the world should adopt a basic income",, 4 July 2018. View

"Guy Standing: Universal basic income debate and Finland's experiment", tbs eFM This Morning, 8 May 2018. Podcast

"The universal basic income: For the sceptics", IAI (Institute of Art and Ideas), 3 May 2018. View

"Who are 'the precariat' and why do they threaten our society", Euronews, 1 May 2018. View

"Guy Standing, reddito cittadinanza farà bene Italia [Guy Standing, a basic income will be good for Italy]" (interview), ANSA, 10 April 2018. View

"Guy Standing: 'Vill människor ha avlönat arbete måste de vara standby vid sina mobiler' [Guy Standing: 'People wanting paid work must be on standby with their mobiles'] (interview), Arbetsvärlden (Sweden), 4 April 2018. View

"Left should stop equating labour with work" (blog post), Social Europe, 23 March 2018. View

"It's time for a universal basic income" (interview), Emerging Europe, 18 March 2018. View

"Why the Tories do not believe in free markets" (blog post), Open Democracy, 26 February 2018. View

"A salve for inequality? Free money for all" (interview), Moneywatch, CBS News, 19 February 2018. View

"Universal basic income would enhance freedom and cut poverty" (letter), Financial Times, 15 February 2018. View

"Das System ist zugunsten der Tech-Konzerne manipuliert [The system is manipulated in favour of tech companies]" (interview), Futurezone (Austria), 14 February 2018. View

"Neo-facism and the troubling third way" (letter), The Guardian, 12 February 2018, p.7. View

Participant in discussion on "The working class in culture", Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3, 31 January 2018. Listen

"Why the precariat are not the left behind" (blog post), World Economic Forum, 21 January 2018. View

"The plunder of the commons" (blog post), World Economic Forum, 12 January 2018. View

"Professor Guy Standing - on the need for a universal basic income" (interview), AlwaysPossible, January 2018. Listen

"Why you've never heard of a Charter that's as important as the Magna Carta" (blog post), Open Democracy, 6 November 2017. View

"Chatbots, automation and basic income" (podcast), Onlim, 1 November 2017. Listen

"Can we afford a basic income?" (interview, in Japanese), Asahi Shimbun Globe, 24 October 2017. View

"The precariat: Why a basic income is vital" (blog post), Working-Class Perspectives, 23 October 2017. View

"Guy Standing: 'La socialdemocracia pudo ser progresista hace cincuenta años, pero hoy no lo es' [Guy Standing: 'Social democracy might have been progressive fifty years ago but today it is not']" (interview), La Voz de Asturias (Spain), 22 October 2017. View

"Guy Standing: 'Instaurar una renta básica universal ayudaría a crear empleo [Establishing a universal basic income would help create jobs]' (interview), La Nueva España, 20 October 2017. View

"Guy Standing, gurú de la renta básica: 'El actual sistema español de ayuda social crea trampas de pobreza' [Guy Standing, guru of basic income: 'The current Spanish social assistance system creates poverty traps]",, 19 October 2017. View

"Si en lugar de rescatar bancos dieran 100 euros por persona fortalecerían más la economía [If instead of rescuing the banks each person had been given 100 euros it would have strengthened the economy more]" (interview), El Comercio (Spain), 19 October 2017, p.41. View

"Interview - Radical action vital to calm 'perfect storm' - economist" (interview), Reuters, 12 October 2017. View

"Den ny tids politik bliver defineret af, hvordan politikerne finder løsninger for de løst ansatte, siger økonomen bag begrebet ‘prekariatet’ [The policy of the new era will be defined by the solutions politicians find for precarious employees,  says the economist behind the term 'precariat']" (interview), Zetland (Denmark), 11 October 2017. View

"Guy Standing - Let us celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest" (blog post), Brave New Europe, 1 October 2017. View

"Less work and more leisure: Utopian visions and the future of work" (interview), CBC/Radio Canada, 27 September 2017. Listen

"Platform capitalism, digital technology and the future of work" (interview), CBC/Radio Canada, 20 September 2017. Listen

„Óöryggið eykst og launin lækka [Insecurity increases and wages decline]" (interview), RÚV news agency (Iceland), 13 September 2017. View & listen

"Will job loss to AI, robots and automation make universal basic income a necessity?" (article), LinkedIn, 2 September 2017. View

"Principal inimigo do precariado é o estado, diz economista britânico [The main enemy of the precariat is the state, says British economist]" (interview), O Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), 12 July 2017. View

"Guy Standing on an economy that works for everyone" (interview), The Moon, 1 July 2017. View

"Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest" (article), Open Democracy, 21 June 2017. View

"Prof. Guy Standing: Every country can afford universal basic income" (interview),, 19 June 2017. View :: also in French and German

"Bezwarunkowy dochód podstawowy: Czy się stoi, czy się leży, godne życie się należy – Guy Standing [Unconditional basic income: Whether standing up or lying down, life is worth living - Guy Standing]" (interview),, 9 June 2017. View 

"Guy Standing: 'És mentida que no ens puguem permetre una renda básica' [Guy Standing: 'It's a lie that we cannot afford a basic income']" (interview), (Catalonia), 5 June 2017. View

"Precaris de tot el món, uniu-vos! Una entrevista a Guy Standing [Precariats of the world, unite! An interview with Guy Standing]" (interview), Ab Origine Magazine (Catalonia), 24 May 2017. PDF

"Pluto en la silueta de Ginebra [Pluto in the silhouette of Geneva]" (interview), El Periódico Economía (Catalonia), 20 May 2017. View

"Guy Standing - Basic income and how we can make it happen" (interview), Informed Choice Radio, 16 May 2017. Listen

"Big Money Questions: Would a universal basic income work?" (interview), thisismoney, 16 May 2017. Watch

"El economista Guy Standing defiende una renta básica universal para combatir el neofascismo [Economist Guy Standing defends a universal basic income to combat neofacism]" (interview), El Periódico Economía (Catalonia), 13 May 2017. View

"Hay que dejar atrás el 'trabajismo', el pleno empleo es una respuesta del pasado a la crisis [We have to leave 'labour' behind, full employment is a response to the crisis from the past]" (interview), (Spain), 13 May 2017. View

"Entrevista de Sin Permiso a Guy Standing [Guy Standing interviewed by Sin Permiso]" (interview), Sin Permiso (Spain), 13 May 2017. View 

"Alt-Left: la nueva izquierda alternativa a punto de surgir de los precarios [Alt-Left: The new alternative left to arise from the precariat]" (interview), Playground, 12 May 2017. View

"Guy Standing: 'Aquest sistema econòmic no només és immoral sinó també ineficient [Guy Standing: 'This economic system is not only immoral but inefficient']" (interview),, 11 May 2017. View

"La lucha de clases es hoy entre precariado y rentistas [The class struggle is today between the precariat and the rentiers]" (interview), La Vanguardia (Spain), 11 May 2017. View

"Guy Standing: ‘En el cas català, sé perfectament a quin costat sóc’ [Guy Standing: 'In the Catalan case, I know perfectly which side I'm on']" (interview),, 11 May 2017. View

"La socialdemocracia carece de agenda para el 'precariado' [Social democracy has no agenda for the 'precariat'] (interview), El Pais (Spain), 11 May 2017. View 

"Le revenu universel est faisable économiquement [Basic income is economically feasible]" (interview), L'Echo (Belgium), 8 April 2017. View

"Basic income would make growth more inclusive: Guy Standing" (interview), DNA - Daily News & Analysis (India), 3 April 2017. View

"The existential threat to free healthcare services such as the NHS" (interview), Sputnik, 24 March 2017. Listen

"Fronteiras XXI: Qual o futuro do trabalho? Participe no debate [Frontiers XXI: What is the future of work? Participate in our debate]" (interview), RTP Notícias (Portugal), 20 March 2017. Watch

"La coalition des précaires sauvera-t-elle la gauche? [Can the coalition of the precariat save the left?]" (interview), (France), 6 March 2017. View

"L'internationale précaire [The precariat international]" (interview), Les Echos (France), 3-4 March 2017. View

"L'avènement du précariat [The advent of the precariat]" (interview), L'Obs (France), 2-8 March 2017. View :: In Spanish

"La quête effrénée de flexibilité n'est pas terminée [The unrestrained quest for flexibility has not ended]" (interview), Le Monde (France), 23 February 2017. View

"Build a precariat strategy" (blogpost), Albert Shanker Institute, 9 February 2017. View

"Back to basics: Government report misses key points on income" (article), The Tribune (India), 6 February 2017. View

"Universal basic income: Scheme should be for all Indians, not just for BPL population, says Guy Standing" (interview), Indian Express, 29 January 2017. View

"The weeks update: Would a guaranteed income work" (interview), Share Radio, 24 January 2017. Listen

"Prof. Guy Standing: Polskę też stać na dochód podstawowy [Prof. Guy Standing: Poland can afford a basic income" (interview), Super Express (Poland), 16 January 2017. View

"Universal basic income is becoming an urgent necessity" (article), The Guardian, 12 January 2017. View

"Jan Dhan, Aadhar, mobile paving way for rolling out universal basic income in 2017; here's how" (article), Financial Express, 12 January 2017. View

"Universal basic income is our best weapon against the rising far right" (article), Huffington Post, 6 January 2017. View :: In German

"The economist behind universal basic income: Give all citizens free money to help combat a 'neofascist wave of populism'" (interview), Business Insider UK, 5 January 2017. View

A fuller list of articles and interviews can be found here.