Levelling the Playing Field: The Idea of Equal Opportunity and its Place in Egalitarian Thought

Hardcover | October 5, 2006

byAndrew Mason

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"Equality of opportunity for all" is a fine piece of political rhetoric but the ideal that lies behind it is slippery to say the least. Some see it as an alternative to a more robust form of egalitarianism, whilst others think that when it is properly understood it provides us with a realradical vision of what it is to level the playing field. This book combines a meritocratic conception of equality of opportunity that governs access to advantaged social positions, with redistributive principles that seek to mitigate the effects of differences in people's circumstances. Takentogether, these spell out what it is to level the playing field in the way that justice requires. Oxford Political Theory presents the best new work in contemporary political theory. It is intended to be broad in scope, including original contributions to political philosophy, and also work in applied political theory. The series will contain works of outstanding quality with no restriction asto approach or subject matter. Series Editors: Will Kymlicka, David Miller, and Alan Ryan

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"Equality of opportunity for all" is a fine piece of political rhetoric but the ideal that lies behind it is slippery to say the least. Some see it as an alternative to a more robust form of egalitarianism, whilst others think that when it is properly understood it provides us with a realradical vision of what it is to level the playin...

Lecturer in Philosophy University of Reading, 1993-8 Lecturer in Politics, University of Hull, 1991-3 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Social Studies, University of Oxford, 1989-91 Lecturer in Moral Philosophy, University of St Andrews, 1987-8

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 5, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The simple view2. The desert of the best qualified3. Rawlsian fair equality for opportunity4. Counteracting circumstances5. Equality, priority and sufficiency6. Mitigating principles7. A responsible egalitarianism8. Individualism and personal responsibilityConclusion