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Tackling the seeming conflict between a belief in equality and a meritocracy, Green demonstrates how an emphasis on ...
Tackling the seeming conflict between a belief in equality and a meritocracy, Green demonstrates how an emphasis on merit ultimately promotes equality rather than inequality, and shows that it is both possible and economically sound for our society to move in the direction of increased equality. Further, he shows how a true belief in equal opportunity will change the way in which we think about political representation, welfare, child care, affirmative action, and the obligations of the citizens of affluent societies to the rest of the world.
On Equality takes on these crucial questions with great clarity. Without recourse to jargon, Green analyzes complex political debates around equality, explaining the range of arguments, and evaluating their potential for bringing equality back to a central place in America's future.
On Equality is both an original work of political theory and a compelling analysis of the direction political action ought to take in the twenty-first century.
|Setting the Stage||1|
|The Question of Merit||31|
|What is "Equal Opportunity"?||41|
|Equal Opportunity and Democracy||52|
|Surplus Inequality and Redistribution||70|
|5||The Costs of Equality||89|
|The Big Trade-off?||89|
|The Question of Incentives||104|
|"Some mute inglorious Milton may here rest ..."||112|
|6||The Problems of Compensation||117|
|Neutral Justice and Equal Opportunity||134|
|Affirmative Action and Higher Education||142|
|7||Why not Equality?||159|
|The Retreat from Equality||159|
|8||Conclusion: Egalitarian Solidarity||185|