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Equality of Opportunity by John E. Roemer

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John Roemer points out that there are two views of equality of opportunity that are widely held in the late-20th century. The first, which he calls the nondiscrimination principle, states that in the competition for positions in society, individuals should be judged only on attributes relevant for the performance of the duties of the position in question. Attributes such as race or sex should not be taken into account. The second states that society should do what it can to level the playing field among persons who compete for positions, especially during their formative years, so that all those who have the relevant "potential" attributes can be considered. Common to both positions is that at some point the principle of equal opportunity holds individuals accountable for achievements of particular objectives, whether they be education, employment, health, or income. The author argues there is consequently a "before" and "after" in the notion of equality of opportunity: before the competition starts, opportunities must be equalized, by social intervention if need be; but after it begins, individuals are on their own. The different views of equal opportunity should be judged according to where they place the starting gate which separates "before" and "after". John Roemer shows here how to determine the location of the starting gate in the different views.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674004221
ISBN-10: 0674004221
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 10mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John E. Roemer

John Roemer is Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Stout Professor of Political Science and Economics, Yale University.

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