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The Practice of Liberal Pluralism

The Practice of Liberal Pluralism

by William A. GalstonWilliam A. Galston
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William Galston defends a theory, liberal pluralism, based on three core concepts--value pluralism, political pluralism, and expressive liberty--and explores the implications of this theory for politics. Liberal pluralism helps clarify some of the complexities of real-world political action and points toward a distinctive conception of public philosophy and public policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521549639
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

William A. Galston is Saul Stern Professor at the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Philosophical Dimensions of Liberal Pluralism: 2. Value pluralism and its critics; 3. Political pluralism and limits on state power; 4. Expressive liberty and constitutional democracy: the case of freedom of conscience; Part II. Liberal Pluralism and Public Action: 5. Value pluralism and political means: toughness as a political virtue; 6. Value pluralism and motivational complexity: the case of cosmopolitan altruism; Part III. Politics, Markets, and Civic Life in Liberal Pluralist Societies: 7. The public and its problems; 8. The effects of modern markets on civic life; 9. The politics of reciprocity: the theory and practice of mutualism; Part IV. Defending Liberal Pluralism: 10. Liberal pluralism and liberal egalitarianism; 11. Liberal pluralism between monism and diversity; 12. Conclusion: liberal pluralism at home and abroad.

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