Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, and a founder and co-President of the Basic Income Earth Network, an NGO promoting basic income as a right.
His immensely influential 2011 book, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, introduced the Precariat as an emerging mass class, characterised by inequality and insecurity. He outlined the increasingly global nature of the Precariat as a social phenomenon, especially in the light of the social unrest characterized by the Occupy movements. He detailed the political risks they might pose, and what might be done to diminish inequality and allow such workers to find a more stable labour identity.
This new book takes the debate a stage further, looking in more detail at the kind of progressive politics that might form the vision of a Good Society in which such inequality, and the instability it produces, is reduced. The book discusses how rights – political, civil, social and economic – have been denied to the Precariat, and at the importance of redefining our social contract around notions of associational freedom, agency and the commons.