Design and radical policy - The polity of design in basic income policy-making

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Riquelme, Pablo Saarikoski, Eevi 2018-05-31T09:11:35Z 2018-05-31T09:11:35Z 2018
dc.description.abstract The political aspects of design have been acknowledged for some time now, but through the proliferation of service design the question of designers’ role in governance has become more pressing. The when, how and why of design for governance has potential to move from mere implementation and administration to actual policy-making processes. This can happen in various forms both within governing units, as well as outside in the public sphere. This thesis uses basic income as an illustrative and demonstrative example of the relevance and possibilities of design in the realm of governance. Basic income is a term used for policy concepts wherein all or most of the population of a country are paid an unconditional sum of money, usually on a recurring basis. It is currently being experimented by the Finnish government, but is nowhere near a coherent policy, as details and implementation can radically change its political implications. Effects of basic income are also unpredictable, regardless of experiment outcomes. The research for this thesis started off with the aim of gaining an understanding of the current state of basic income debate, and it is outlined in the text. Through the work the main research questions settled on: “in the case of basic income, how is design positioned to contribute to a meaningful and productive development of policy?” and “how can design help citizens address policy concepts such as basic income?”. Where and how design approaches are relevant to intragovernmental policy-making of basic income is presented on a notional level, as design is situational and context specific, and a real world setting of the policy process won’t be clear until the experiment is over. Thus attention is shifted to what design can do to advance citizen participation in furthering basic income discourse and eventually, ability to react to basic income policy-making. Because the subject matter required extensive research, collaborative or participatory design processes were out of the question within the scope of the thesis. As a design outcome, a visualisation, lightly tested and iterated to include a further two part infographic, were created to disseminate the research findings in an approachable manner. The main conclusions of the thesis relate to the need to acknowledge the political nature and the intent of designs. Wording and defining the aims of a service can open them up for scrutiny, questioning, contestation and redefining. Designers should interest themselves in how making intent visible could be implemented. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Design and radical policy - The polity of design in basic income policy-making en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Design en
dc.contributor.department Muotoilun laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword design for governance en
dc.subject.keyword policy-making en
dc.subject.keyword political design en
dc.subject.keyword visualization en
dc.subject.keyword basic income en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201805312768
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Keinonen, Turkka
dc.programme Collaborative and Industrial Design en

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