Which Equalities Matter?

Which Equalities Matter?

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Democracy and democratization are now high on the political agenda, but there is growing indifference to the gap between rich and poor. Political equalities matter more than ever, while economic inequality is accepted almost as a fact of life. It is the separation between economic and political that lies at the heart of this book. Anne Phillips explores the broadening out of debates on democracy to address questions of gender, race, ethnicity, and the status of minority cultures, and the greater emphasis on what can be achieved through political and cultural interventions. This has generated an influential literature on making democracies more politically inclusive, but important new issues about citizenship and difference also threaten to crowd out older economic concerns.In what will be seen as a major contribution to debates on the relationship between struggles for recognition and struggles for redistribution, Anne Phillips employs arguments about recognition to restate the importance of economic equality. The book links the retreat from economic egalitarianism to the idea that equality means recognizing group difference.
Despite the best of intentions, this idea contributes to a flawed understanding of citizen equality as compatible with virtually any kind of economic arrangement, and helps turn attention away from the distribution of income and wealth.Which Equalities Matter? engages with one of the most pressing problems of contemporary politics and will be essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the relationship between political and economic equality.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 375g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745621082
  • 9780745621081

Table of contents

1. Democracy and Equality. 2. Taking Difference Seriously. 3. Does Economic Equality Matter? 4. From Access to Recognition. 5. Deliberation and the Republic. 6. Equal Yet Unequal? Notes. Bibliography. Index.
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'In this important intervention, Anne Phillips, with her customary clarity, reconnects the case for political and economic equality without sacrificing the political recognition of difference. It may not be a fashionable argument, but it is one which needs to be read and debated widely in the face of entrenched inequalities of material and political resources.' Ruth Lister, University of Loughborough 'Anne Phillips has done it again! Which Equalities Matter? is at once a major theoretical contribution and a salutory political intervention.' Nancy Fraser, New School for Social Research 'In an age of growing inequality, Anne Phillips has written a timely and important book: a politically engaged, theoretically sophisticated, energetic and circumstantial argument for reversing the trend. Egalitarianism finds here a wonderfully lively and skilful defender.' Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton 'An important new book.' The Guardian '[A] welcome contribution to current debates.' Journal of European Area Studies
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About Revd Dr Anne Phillips

Anne Phillips is at the Gender Insitute, London School of Economics and Political Science.
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