Over the last year the welfare state has been at the core of public debates as the coronavirus pandemic revealed existing weaknesses and required additional support for people. Various innovative ideas, such as an unconditional universal basic income, job guarantee and universal basic services, today seem less radical and utopian than they used to be. But should we put our faith fully in one of these options, seeing it as a silver bullet solution to all of our problems? Or should we, instead, advocate for an innovative combination that brings together the strengths of different ideas?

Met in dit programma onder anderen
Sam de Muijnck
Chief Economist Our New Economy & Co-author Economy Studies
Andrew Percy
Co-Director of the Universal Basic Services Network at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
Warren Mosler
Key proponent of the job guarantee and Modern Monetary Theory
Louise Haagh
Full professor at the University of York, Chair Emeritus of the Basic Income Earth Network and author of The Case for Universal Basic Income
David van Overbeek
Moderator | Econoom, filosoof en maker De NIeuwe Wereld TV

Sam de Muijnck, chief economist of Our New Economy and chairman of the Think Tank of young economists of the Future Markets Consultation led by former Dutch Prime Minister prof. Jan Peter Balkenende and prof. Govert Buijs, argues for the latter. More specifically, in a new report he argues a combination of extended basic services, a job guarantee and benefits-as-a-right seems most promising.

On April 29th 7 pm (CET), he will present the report, followed by a panel discussion of proponents of the various ideas.


This project and event is a collaboration between Our New Economy (ONE), Sustainable Finance Lab (SFL) & Moral Markets and is funded by the Goldschmeding Foundation and Templeton World.

Schedule: April 29th 2021

  • 19.00: Opening by moderator David van Overbeek
  • 19.05: Presentation report Renewing the welfare state by Sam de Muijnck
  • 19.20: Panel with Warren Mosler, Andrew Percy & Louise Haagh
  • 19.55: Closing by moderator David van Overbeek
  • 20.00: End
The moderator of this event is
Thomas Bollen
Journalist Follow the Money
Programme seriesFuture of Capitalism

Over the past century, the capitalist model of the free market economy has demonstrated to be an effective vehicle to create wealth. However, in today’s globalised world, the downsides of this model have become more and more obvious: ecological decay, increasing inequality worldwide, financialisation, inadequate resource allocations and a new geopolitical power balance. The credit crisis of 2008, and more recently, the coronacrisis, have further exposed these issues. How can the freedom and innovative potential of free markets be squared with the requirements of ecological sustainability and social justice and inclusivity?