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Levelling the Playing Field: The Idea of Equal Opportunity and its Place in Egalitarian Thought

Andrew Mason


‘Equality of opportunity for all’ is a fine piece of political rhetoric but the ideal that lies behind it is slippery. 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 ... More

Keywords: equality, opportunity, political rhetoric, egalitarianism, meritocracy, social position, redistributive principles, circumstances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264414
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Mason, author
Professor of Political Theory, University of Southampton
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