The New American Social Compact

The New American Social Compact : Rights and Responsibilities in the Twenty-first Century

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Jane Grant's book explores the need to redefine the social compact in twenty-first century America. It proposes a new compact that would honor the expansion of civil, political, and social rights in America, and would integrate these rights within a new civic procedural ethos, clarifying our obligations to each other, future generations, other nations, and other species.
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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739119761
  • 9780739119761

Table of contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 The American Social Compact: Past, Present, and Future Considerations Chapter 3 Components of the Compact: Social Security, Health Care, and the Meaning of Social Rights Chapter 4 Lesbian and Gay Equality: The Quest for Civil, Political, and Social Rights Chapter 5 A Sustainable Environment and Responsible Economy: Obligations to Other Persons, Future Generations, Other Nations, and Other Species Chapter 6 Co-operation and Global Security: Frameworks and Responsibilities in an Interconnected World Chapter 7 The New American Social Compact: The Role of Democratic Deliberation, Social and Political Movements, and Ethical and Accountable Leaders
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Jane Grant takes up the vital issue of our young century: what should be the set of rights and responsibilities that we owe each other as fellow citizens? At a time of heightened worry about challenges both domestic and foreign, Grant intelligently opens up a welcome and overdue discussion. -- Jacob S. Hacker, Yale University The debate between liberalism and civic republicanism has receded to the background of political theory, but has never been resolved. In this exciting new book, Jane Grant reminds us why that debate once seemed crucial, and why we still need a political theory that can countenance both individual rights and civic responsibilities. Through careful examinations of many of the most pressing social issues of our day, Grant sets the terms for a new debate over the civic ethos of modern democracy. -- Robert B. Talisse
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About Jane A. Grant

Jane Grant is associate professor in the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
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