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Pursuing Equal Opportunities: The Theory and Practice of Egalitarian Justice

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Lesley A. JacobsYork University, Ontario

ISBN13: 9780521530217
ISBN: 0521530210
Published: July 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £21.99

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Pursuing equality is an important challenge for any modern democratic society but this challenge faces two sets of difficulties: the theoretical question of what sort of equality to pursue and for whom; and the practical question concerning which legal and political institutions are the most appropriate vehicles for implementing egalitarian social policy and thus realizing egalitarian justice. This book offers original and innovative contributions to the debate about equality of opportunity. The first part of the book sets out a theory of equality of opportunity that presents equal opportunities as a normative device for the regulation of competition for scarce resources. The second part shifts the focus to the consideration of the practical application by courts or legislatures or public policy makers of policies for addressing racial, class or gender injustices. The author examines standardized tests, affirmative action, workfare, universal health-care, comparable worth, and the economic consequences of divorce.

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Discrimination Law
1. Introduction
2. Equal opportunities as a regulative ideal
3. Equal opportunity without natural inequalities
Part I. Race:
4. Equal opportunities and civil rights: Merit, standardized tests, and higher education
5. Integration, diversity, and affirmative action
Part II. Class:
6. Justifying workfare
7. Universal access to health care
Part III. Gender:
8. Gender inequalities in the workplace
9. Equal opportunities after divorce.