Engineering Equality: An Essay on European Anti-Discrimination Law

Hardcover | May 21, 2011

byAlexander Somek

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In an age of widespread cutbacks on social spending, the prospects of social policy generally appear to be grim. If noticeable progress has been recently made in the European Union, then it is in regard to rooting out discrimination. Indeed, anti-discrimination law and policy appears to be theone sphere of social policy whose success is causally connected to the European Union. But how successful can anti-discrimination law be? This book uses legal analysis in order to expose the intrinsic shortcomings of common approaches. Anti-discrimination law fails to provide adequate legal guidance and therefore invites constant supplementation by pedagogical projects of socialengineering. This book offers a genuinely leftist critique on anti-discrimination law, and concludes with a discussion of alternative models of solidarity in the Union.

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In an age of widespread cutbacks on social spending, the prospects of social policy generally appear to be grim. If noticeable progress has been recently made in the European Union, then it is in regard to rooting out discrimination. Indeed, anti-discrimination law and policy appears to be theone sphere of social policy whose success i...

Alexander Somek holds the Charles E. Floete Chair in Law at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the faculty in 2003, he was Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna. He has previously published Individualism: An Essay on the Authority of the European Union with OUP (2009).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:May 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199693374

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Introduction1. Social policy: From domestication to disarmament2. From legislation to discourse and mobilization3. Neoliberalism and morality4. Direct discrimination5. Normative twist and antinomy6. Consequences of normative deficiency7. Moral re-engineering: The neoliberal predicament8. Beyond inclusionBibliography