Chapter

Introduction

Michael Clarke

in Challenging choices

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423986
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423986.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins by presenting different situations where choice manifests itself. It then defines choice as an idea and a value that is presented as an unmitigated good. It argues that more choice, that is, a wider range in areas where it already exists, and its introduction where it does not, is always beneficial, desirable and, therefore, legitimising: a matter against which there can be no counter-argument. Next, it explains that the ideology and institution of choice are rooted in the free market economy and the political system of electoral democracy.

Keywords: choice; ideology; political system; free market economy; electoral democracy

Chapter.  1992 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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