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Diversity and Democracy

16 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2010  

Paul Boudreaux

Stetson University - College of Law

Date Written: 2004


For decades, American law has debated, inconclusively, whether the great legal pronouncements against race discrimination permit “affirmative action.” As a means of ending much of this debate, this article argues that it may be a good time for Congress to answer this question directly. For decades, it was assumed that affirmative action would never be accepted explicitly by legislatures; it would have to be adopted through less democratic means. But attitudes have changed, and the time might be ripe for straighter talk and a democratic solution to the affirmative action debate.

Keywords: Race Discrimination, Affirmative Action

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Boudreaux, Paul, Diversity and Democracy (2004). University of Cincinnati Law Review, Vol. 72, p. 961, 2004; Stetson University College of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN:

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