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Introduction

Alexander Somek

in Engineering Equality

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693375
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729737 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693375.003.0001
Introduction

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Creating equality of opportunity seems to be a viable strategy for resolving the conflict between the contending principles of competitiveness and solidarity. Both principles lie at the core of the European Union’s agenda. Anti-discrimination law appears to be a way of mediating between them. The relevant legislation protects people who happen to bear certain characteristics—most of which are socially salient, for example, sex, race, religion, ethnicity—from disadvantage that arises from actions by private persons or the state in the context of the provision of goods and opportunities. Characteristically, the protection is limited to certain critical goods, such as jobs, salaries, housing or access to education. The European Union has been the driving force in the development of anti-discrimination legislation in the legal systems of its Member States.

Keywords: equality of opportunity; European Anti-discrimination legislation; neoliberalism; neo-liberal left; legal analysis; equality management; constructivism

Chapter.  10980 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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