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The Neo-liberal State$
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Raymond Plant

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281756

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281756.001.0001

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Social Justice and Neo‐liberalism: A Critique

Social Justice and Neo‐liberalism: A Critique

(p.213) Chapter 11 Social Justice and Neo‐liberalism: A Critique
The Neo-liberal State

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We have seen that the neo-liberal sees social justice as the mistaken and illusory value distinctively pursued by Social Democrats. In this chapter the details of the neo‐liberal critique are examined in detail and again are found to be wanting. The argument of the chapter is that there is no reason at all to reject the ideal of social justice whether for philosophical reasons as set out in Chapter 4 or for reasons of its alleged baleful effects set out in Chapters 6 and 7. If the critique of social justice fails, as this chapter argues that it does, then the critique of Social Democracy is equally undermined.

Keywords:   Social Justice, Foreseeability, Positive Obligations, Capabilities

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