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The book uses both empirical and moral analyses to examine the controversial dilemma of whether and in what ...
The book uses both empirical and moral analyses to examine the controversial dilemma of whether and in what circumstances preferential treatment may be used as a means of improving the condition of minority groups. John Edwards looks at justifications for overriding the merit principle, particularly in employment, and shows who bears the costs of such a policy, and where the benefits lie. He argues that the merit principle is in itself so flawed that to override it would cause no great damange to justice. He then sets out the requirements of an acceptable policy of minority preference tailored to the disadvantages of specific minority groups.
|List of illustrations|
|1||When race counts||1|
|2||The nature and varieties of affirmative action||6|
|3||The logic of affirmative action||22|
|4||Affirmative action in employment: the British experience||47|
|5||The real thing: the American way with affirmative action||94|
|6||Race-conscious practice: the United States||126|
|7||Practice compared: Britain and America||154|
|8||The moral dilemmas of preference||167|
|9||Equal opportunities, merits and preferences||198|
|Appendix: A note on methodology||229|