Equality and Transparency

A Strategic Perspective on Affirmative Action in American Law

  • Authors
  • Daniel Sabbagh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Daniel Sabbagh
      Pages 1-10
  3. Assessing Justifications for Affirmative Action

  4. Interpreting Legitimization Strategies for Affirmative Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-91
    2. Daniel Sabbagh
      Pages 105-115
    3. Daniel Sabbagh
      Pages 116-162
    4. Daniel Sabbagh
      Pages 163-168
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 169-257

About this book


Can affirmative action policies be convincingly justified? And how have they been legitimized over time? In a pluridisciplinary perspective at the intersection of political theory and the sociology of law, Daniel Sabbagh criticizes the two prevailing justifications put forward in favor of affirmative action: the corrective justice argument and the diversity argument.He defends the policy instead as an instrument designed to bring about the deracialization of American society. In this respect, however, affirmative action requires a measure of dissimulation in order to succeed.Equality and Transparency explains why this is so and provides a new interpretation of the strategic component in the Supreme Court's case law while identifying some of its most remarkable side effects.


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