There is an American analogue to this school of thought -- Kenneth Boulding, in books like The Economy of Love and Fear. He used to hang out w/Vickrey at AEA conferences. He looked like Timothy Leary, Vickrey of course looked like he used a rope for a belt. I regret passing up the chance to hang out with them. I never investigated Boulding; always meant to, just never got around to it.
More recently, on a different tack above, the $20K idea surfaces in different form in The Stakeholder Society by Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott. Basically it contemplates aggressive redistribution through cash transfers, rather than the use of government services like job training, counselling, etc. Call it low- overhead liberalism.