Opportunity, responsibility and the market: interrogating liberal equality

Armstrong, Chris (2003) Opportunity, responsibility and the market: interrogating liberal equality. Economy and Society, 32, (3), 410-427. (doi:10.1080/03085140303131).


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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03085140303131


This article scrutinizes the claim that liberal egalitarians are now the last real torchbearers for the principles of egalitarian reform. This claim might appear eccentric on the surface, but is increasingly common in leftist circles following the recent abandonment of such principles by formerly socialist parties. Programmes of 'social inclusion', for instance, are now widely criticized for substituting a desire to tackle economic inequalities with an incitement for us to become obedient, productive citizens. Focusing here on the claim that liberal egalitarians pose a radical alternative to this kind of discourse, I show that the real deficiencies of much liberal egalitarianism not only resemble but in many ways actually provide the sort of discourse within which parties like New Labour operate.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/03085140303131
ISSNs: 0308-5147 (print)
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Keywords: equality, liberalism, redistribution, egalitarianism, New Labour, social inclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 34916
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Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:02
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34916

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