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Bottlenecks: A New Theory of Equal Opportunity

Joseph Fishkin


Equal opportunity is a powerful idea with broad appeal. Yet the most attractive existing conceptions of equal opportunity cannot be achieved. As long as families are free to raise their children differently, no two people's opportunities will be equal; nor is it possible to disentangle someone's abilities or talents from her background advantages and disadvantages. Moreover, different people need different opportunities, confounding most ways of defining “equal.” This book proposes an entirely new way of thinking about the project of equal opportunity. Instead of focusing on the chimera of li ... More

Keywords: equal opportunity, opportunity, disadvantage, egalitarianism, pluralism, class, antidiscrimination, bottlenecks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199812141
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Fishkin, author
University of Texas

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