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Debating Affirmative Action: Conceptual, Contextual, and Comparative Perspectives

Aileen McHarg (Editor), Donald Nicolson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-4839-9
192 pages
May 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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This collection examines the case for affirmative action in the UK in relation to employment, higher education, the legal profession, the judiciary, political representation and minority language rights.
  • Draws on experience of affirmative action in the United States, Canada and Germany.
  • Contributions highlight the importance of how affirmative action is conceptualised and of context in evaluating the case for affirmative action.
  • Emphasises the need for pragmatic judgments about the likely effectiveness and costs of affirmative action policies.
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    1. Justifying Affirmative Action: Perception and Reality. (Aileen McHarg, Donald Nicolson).

    2. Positive Action for Women in Employment: Time to Align with Europe? (Noreen Burrows, Muriel Robison).

    3. Affirmative Action in Women's Employment: Lessons from Canada. (Nicole Busby).

    4. Affirmative Action: A German Perspective on the Promotion of Women's Rights with Regard to Employment. (Anke J. Stock).

    5. Widening Participation and Higher Education. (Lois S. Bibbings).

    6. Preferential Treatment, Social Justice, and the Part-time Law Student – The Case for the Value-added Part-time Law Degree. (Andrew M. Francis, Iain W. McDonald).

    7. Affirmative Action in the Legal Profession. (Donald Nicolson).

    8. Rethinking the Merit Principle in Judicial Selection. (Kate Malleson).

    9. Quotas for Women! The Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002. (Aileen McHarg).

    10. Minority Business Enterprise Programmes in the United States of America: An Empirical Investigation. (Martin J. Sweet).

    11. Is There a Duty to Legislate for Linguistic Minorities? (Robert Dunbar)

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    Aileen McHarg is Senior Lecturer in Public Law at The University of Glasgow.

    Donald Nicolson is a Professor at the Law School at the University of Strathclyde.

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    • This persuasive collection presents the case for affirmative action in the UK.
    • Considers affirmative action in relation to employment, higher education, the legal profession, the judiciary, political representation and minority language rights.
    • Draws on experience of affirmative action in the United States, Canada and Germany.
    • Contributions highlight the importance of how affirmative action is conceptualised and of context in evaluating the case for affirmative action.
    • Emphasises the need for pragmatic judgments about the likely effectiveness and costs of affirmative action policies.
    See More

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