Liberal Egalitarianism in a Cul-de-Sac?

Thad Williamson

in Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369434
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852826 | DOI:
Liberal Egalitarianism in a Cul-de-Sac?

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This chapter provides an empirical scrutiny of sprawl and liberal values—social trust, tolerance, and respect for diversity. It also provides an in-depth discussion of the neighbourhood characteristics of sprawl and its affinity with political conservatism—in conceptualizing the possibility of Rawls liberal egalitarian ideology as applied within the context of current American lifestyles. However, as Simone Chambers points out, for both notions of equal opportunity in political culture and conservative notions of present US distributive justice, which promote personal responsibility and legitimizing inequalities, Rawls' egalitarianism application on present US distributive justice is problematic. Results are not as “just” as Rawls would illustrate.

Keywords: sprawl; liberal values; neighbourhood characteristics; political conservatism; American lifestyle; Simone Chambers; equal opportunity; distributive justice; Rawls egalitarianism

Chapter.  11442 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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