Living as Equals

Living as Equals

Living as Equals

Living as Equals

Synopsis

This is a collection of essays by six prominent social scientists on the ideal of economic and social equality and the ways, if any, in which public action can help to achieve it. * Amartya Sen offers an overview of how equality can be furthered by public action. * A. B. Atkinson proposes an official poverty line in Britain as a way to focus public debate and political action. * E. J. Hobsbawm explores the tensions within the rival demands of language, nation, and culture. * Dorothy Wedderburn argues the case for the superiority of public action in relation to the National Health Service. * Albert O. Hirschman scrutinizes the rhetorical devices used to counter proposals for reform. * Ronald Dworkin demonstrates that liberty and equality are not, as some argue, in conflict.
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