Standing in 2012
|Born||9 February 1948|
|Institution||Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)|
and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
|Field||Unconditional basic income and deliberative democracy|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge (PhD)|
University of Illinois (MA)
University of Sussex (BA)
|Contributions||Theory of the precariat|
|Awards||Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)|
Guy Standing, FAcSS (born 9 February 1948) is a British professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN).
Standing has written widely in the areas of labour economics, labour market policy, unemployment, labour market flexibility, structural adjustment policies and social protection. His recent work has concerned the emerging precariat class and the need to move towards unconditional basic income and deliberative democracy.
Guy Standing gained his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Sussex in 1971. After taking a masters in labour economics and industrial relations at the University of Illinois, he received his doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge in 1977.
From 1975 to 2006, Standing worked at the International Labour Organization, latterly as director of the ILO's Socio-Economic Security Programme. The programme was responsible for a major report on socio-economic security worldwide and for creation of the Decent Work Index.
From April 2006 to February 2009 he was holding a position of Professor of Labour Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. In 2006 he became professor of economic security at the University of Bath, leaving in 2013 to become professor of development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Since October 2015 he has worked in Professorial Research Associate, SOAS, University of London, UK. He was also working on "pilot basic income schemes in India" and on topics connected to his two recent books, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011) and A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (2014).
Standing's best-known book is The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, published in 2011. In it, he blames globalisation for having plunged more and more people into the precariat, which he analyses as a new emerging social class. According to Standing, the precariat is not only suffering from job insecurity but also identity insecurity and lack of time control, not least due to workfare social policies.
Standing describes the precariat as an agglomerate of several different social groups, notably immigrants, young educated people, and those who have fallen out of the old-style industrial working class.
Standing calls on politicians to make ambitious social reforms towards ensuring financial security as a right. He argues for an unconditional basic income as an important step to a new approach, stating that it would create economic growth. If politicians fail to take the necessary decisions, he predicts a wave of anger and violence, and the rise of far-right parties. There are some extracts of his book:
|"||In every industrialised country, we currently apply means-tested benefits. That means you're targeting the poor||"|
|"||The old system has broken. Wages will continue to decline. Insecurity will continue to grow. That is a recipe for economic instability||"|
|"||We are in an era of chronic insecurity and growing inequality. We need to have new mechanisms for income distribution||"|
found: His Population mobility and productive relations, 1984: CIP t.p. (Guy Standing) data sheet (b. 2/9/48)