Affirmative Action in Plural Societies: International Experiences

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Global contributors discuss the theoretical controversies concerning the merits and demerits of affirmative action, and explain why affirmative action is needed in multi-ethnic countries. They analyze actual experience with affirmative action policies ? their origin, nature and consequences ? in nine countries.

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Overview

Global contributors discuss the theoretical controversies concerning the merits and demerits of affirmative action, and explain why affirmative action is needed in multi-ethnic countries. They analyze actual experience with affirmative action policies – their origin, nature and consequences – in nine countries.

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"This book provides a perceptive overview of affirmative action and an insightful set of papers on policy contexts, practices and outcomes in seven countries…It makes a welcome and important contribution to the literature, as evidenced in the range of perspectives and points of contention reviewed above." - European Jourbanal of Development Research
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GRAHAM K. BROWN is Director of the Centre for Development Studies and Senior Lecturer in International Development at the University of Bath, UK. He is a Research Associate at Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, and has held visiting fellowships at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on the nexus of inequality, identity and conflict with an empirical focus on Southeast Asia.

ARNIM LANGER is University Lecturer in International Relations and Director of the Center for Peace Research and Strategic Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath and a Research Associate at Oxford Department of International Development,University of Oxford. He has published extensively on the relationship between horizontal inequalities and violent conflict, the persistence of group inequalities and on issues of post-conflict reconstruction.

FRANCES STEWART is Emeritus Professor of Development Economics and Director of the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE) at the University of Oxford, UK. Books include UNICEF's influential study Adjustment with a Human Face (1987); War and Underdevelopment (2001); and Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (2008).

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Affirmative Action: Foundations, Contexts, and Debates; G.Brown, A.Langer & F.Stewart
Affirmative Action and its Alternatives in Public Universities: What Do We Know?; M.C.Long
The Challenge of Positive Discrimination in India; J.Heyer & N.G.Jayal
Affirmative action in South Africa: an Empirical Assessment of the Impact on Labour Market Outcomes; R.Burger & R.Jafta
The Persistence of Black-white Income Differentials in Brazil; R.G.Osorio
Affirmative Action in Malaysia: An Overview of Progress and Limitations; Z.A.Yusof
Ethnicity and Inequality in Malaysia: A Retrospect and a Rethinking; M.Mohamad
Beyond Inequality? Assessing the Impact of Fair Employment, Affirmative Action and Equality Measures on Conflict in Northern Ireland; J.Todd & J.Ruane
How Effective is the Federal Character Commission in Nigeria?; A.R.Mustapha

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