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Equality, pluralism, universality: current concerns in normative theory

Phillips, Anne (2000) Equality, pluralism, universality: current concerns in normative theory. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2 (2). pp. 237-255. ISSN 1369-1481

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-856X.00035


This article reviews recent debates in normative theory. It argues that work on equality has bifurcated in a disturbing way, with much of the work on economic equality focusing on the principles that should regulate the distribution of goods between individuals, and much of the work on social equality dealing with patterns of oppression that affect the relationship between marginal and dominant groups. The first literature has been relatively indifferent to the group nature of contemporary inequality, while the second mirrors this failing by its lack of interest in the distribution of economic resources. The implications of cultural pluralism have also contributed to debates about the status of normative theory and the basis for making universal normative claims.

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Additional Information: © 2000 Political Studies Association
Divisions: Government
Gender Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Government
Departments > Gender Institute
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2008 09:32
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 23:10

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