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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility$
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Mark D. Brewer and Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.001.0001

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Inequality and Social Justice

Inequality and Social Justice

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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility

Mark D. Brewer

Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Oxford University Press

Social science research has changed liberalism. Since the 1940s the social science community has steadily produced studies concluding that factors such as class, race, and sex affect how people fare. That conclusion has become the basis for arguments that individuals are not fully responsible for what happens to them. In recent decades there has also been an increase in inequality in the distribution of income. Liberals now argue that government should positively intervene and redistribute opportunity and resources to compensate and achieve social justice. They see the argument for classic limited government as being replaced by a positive role for government.

Keywords:   socioeconomic effects, income inequality, government intervention, equality of opportunity, social justice

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