Reconsidering Rawlsian Affirmative Action

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In his recent article, "Rawlsian Affirmative Action," Robert Taylor (2009) argues that most affirmative action policies are incompatible with John Rawls's theory of justice. In this response I argue that Taylor misinterprets the implications of Rawls's theory of justice, justice as fairness, for affirmative action policies and that most forms of affirmative action are compatible with Rawls's theory.

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Valls, Andrew, Reconsidering Rawlsian Affirmative Action. Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper , Available at SSRN:

Andrew Valls (Contact Author)

Oregon State University ( email )

307 Gilkey Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

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