Why Social Justice Matters
By (author) Brian Barry
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Why Social Justice Matters by Brian Barry
Book DescriptionIn the past twenty years, social injustice has increased enormously in Britain and the United States, regardless of the party in power. At the same time, the idea of social justice itself has been subverted, as the mantras of personal responsibility and equal opportunity have been employed as an excuse for doing nothing about the enrichment of the few at the expense of the many and for making ever harsher demands on the poor and vulnerable. With grace and wit, Brian Barry exposes the shoddy logic and distortion of reality that underpins this ideology. Once we understand the role of the social structure in limiting options, we have to recognize that really putting into practice ideas such as equal opportunity and personal responsibility would require a fundamental transformation of almost all existing institutions. Barry argues that only if inequalities of wealth and income are kept within a narrow range can equal prospects for education, health and autonomy be realized. He proposes a number of policies to achieve a more equal society and argues that they are economically feasible. But are they politically possible? The apparent stability of the status quo is delusory, he responds: radical changes in our way of life are unavoidable. Whether these changes are for better or for worse depends partly on the availability of a coherent set of principles and a programme flowing from them that is capable of mobilizing the growing discontent with business as usual. That is, ultimately, why social justice matters.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745629926
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brian Barry
Political Argument, Paperback (October 2011)
Brian Barry's seminal work has occupied an important role in the revival of Anglo-American political philosophy. A number of ideas & terms in it have become part of the standard vocabulary, such as the distinction between 'ideal-regarding' & 'want-regarding' principles & the division of principles into aggregative & distributive.
Politics of Quasi-government, Paperback (November 2006)
A study of the implications of delegating public policy to quasi-government.
Social Traps and the Problem of Trust, Hardback (October 2005)
This book focuses on the role of political institutions in explaining the variation in social trust and social capital among countries.
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In the past twenty years, social injustice has increased enormously in Britain and the United States, regardless of the party in power.
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Author Biography - Brian Barry
Brian Barry is Lieber Professor of Political Philosophy at Columbia University.
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