Beyond the big tradeoff : demystifying equality of opportunity
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This paper examines the economic, social, and political elements of equality of opportunity, a concept that is central to American social character. Empirical data are used to demonstrate that equality of outcome and of opportunity have diminished in recent decades. A variety of possible explanations for the disconnect between desired and actualized equality of opportunity are evaluated, emphasizing ideas of morality and sympathy. Karl Polanyi’s theory of (dis)embeddedness is used to argue against the claim that economic and social goals such as equality of opportunity are inevitably in conflict.
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