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Social justice and public policy: a social policy perspective

Piachaud, David (2008) Social justice and public policy: a social policy perspective. In: Craig, Gary, Burchardt, Tania and Gordon, David, (eds.) Social Justice and Public Policy: Seeking Fairness in Diverse Societies. Policy Press, Bristol, UK, pp. 33-52. ISBN 9781861349330

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Social justice is a contested term, incorporated into the language of widely differing political positions. Those on the left argue that it requires intervention from the state to ensure equality, at least of opportunity; those on the right believe that it can be underpinned by the economics of the market place with little or no state intervention. To date, political philosophers have made relatively few serious attempts to explain how a theory of social justice translates into public policy. This important book, drawing on international experience and a distinguished panel of political philosophers and social scientists, addresses what the meaning of social justice is, and how it translates into the everyday concerns of public and social policy, in the context of both multiculturalism and globalisation.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2008 Policy Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Asia Centre
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 14:04
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2024 18:12

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