Levelling the playing field: the idea of equal opportunity and its place in egalitarian thought


Mason, Andrew (2006) Levelling the playing field: the idea of equal opportunity and its place in egalitarian thought, Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 232pp. (Oxford Political Theory Series).

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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 real radical 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.

Taken together, 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 as to approach or subject matter. The Series Editors include: Will Kymlicka, David Miller, and Alan Ryan.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0199264414 (hardback)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 40580
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:25
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40580

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