Affirmative action in plural societies


Brown, G. K., Langer, A. and Stewart, F., eds., 2012. Affirmative action in plural societies. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. (Conflict, Inequality and Ethnicity)

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Across the developmental spectrum, the prospects and problems of 'affirmative action' are increasingly important issues facing multi-ethnic countries. Drawing on philosophy, economics and sociology, the contributors explore the merits and demerits of affirmative action, and explain why affirmative action may be needed in countries facing large inequalities across ethnic, religious or racial groups. They analyse the origin, nature and consequences of affirmative action in Brazil, South Africa, the United States, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Nigeria. Evaluating alternatives, they seek to provide guidance on the design of policies in different circumstances, with the aim of reducing horizontal inequalities, while minimising possible negative consequences.


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EditorsBrown, G. K., Langer, A. and Stewart, F.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
Research CentresCentre for Development Studies
ID Code28134


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